Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - IVY JAMES

A PET Texas longhorn has been shot dead on a prop­erty in Sell­heim.

Brian and Aileen Falvey woke on Tues­day morn­ing to dis­cover one of their two longhorn bul­locks was dead in its pad­dock with a bullet wound to its head.

The do­mes­ti­cated four- year- old bul­lock, Two Stroke Lawn Mower, was found by Brian’s neigh­bour about 8am.

Mr Falvey said he was shocked by the sense­less killing.

“In the morn­ing, I was yelling out to them to come up for a feed, but they didn’t come,” he said.

“My neigh­bour came over and he said one of my bul­locks was ly­ing dead by the fence.

“I went across the road to talk to my other neigh­bour to see if she heard any­thing.

“She told me at about 10.30pm ( Mon­day night), her dogs were re­ally go­ing off and then she heard a shot and that was it.”

The cou­ple bought the two longhorns in 2012 for $ 1800 from Mick and Linda Bethel, own­ers of Texas Longhorn Sa­faris and Wagon Tours in Char­ters Tow­ers.

The re­tired butcher and his wife be­lieve their pet longhorn was shot in a failed at­tempt to get its valu­able horns.

“Maybe they’re af­ter horns. They get good money for them

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