do you know what a vacheval is?

02 July 2010

Shot in 1963, this is previously unseen report footage from Belgique Television. Up until recently, it has previously gone unseen. It tells the story of a strange animal called a Vacheval. Vache is french for “Cow”. Cheval is french for “Horse”. The Vacheval, which was reared on a farm just outside Leuven in Belgium, is a cross between a horse and a cow in an attempt to create CO2 reducing transport system.

It looks like a small horse with two horns on its head (somewhat like a unicorn) with a body that looks more like a cow. It is very popular today with UK environmentalists due to its CO2 reducing transportation and that it could be the answer to future environmental issues facing man-kind.

Alain du Monde, an eco extraordinaire who worked for Belgique Television at that time, recalls the Vacheval; “The Vacheval were magnifique, they were not only eco but they were chic too, those behind the Vacheval were clearly visionary in recognising the future environmental issues facing man-kind” he says.
These animals were treated with respect, being educated and groomed before the animal rights activists got involved.

Although the Vacheval proved to be very useful to our environment, no one knows whether they actually exist today. There are rumours they all now live on a special retreat in the Alps, whilst some say they fled Europe in search of work. With little records of their existence, who knows what actually happened to the Vacheval?


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