An 81-year-old man from the Borders has been seriously injured after being trampled by a herd of cows whilst out walking his dog.
The man, thought to be from Duns, is being treated for several injuries at the Borders General Hospital near Melrose.
He had been walking on farmland near Marchmount House, Greenlaw, when he was attacked.
A caretaker from Marchmount drove into the field to separate the cows and managed to get the injured man into his car.
"It happened as the man walked down the avenue in front of Marchmont House with his dog amongst cows and calves. The cows were adamant they were wanting him and the dog.
"People don't seem to realise the danger. Cows are big strong heavy animals and are very protective of their young, as any animal is.
"You want to avoid them at all costs."
"This is an unfortunate accident and all within the farming community wish this walker a speedy recovery.
"Unfortunately this is not the first incident of this kind.
"Cows can be placid but cows protecting young calves are much less tolerant of anything in their field they might perceive as a threat.
"Dogs, no matter how well behaved, are a particular target in this repsect."