COPENHAGEN, Denmark --
of almost a dozen cows have washed ashore in Denmark and Sweden, puzzling police
in the Scandinavian countries.
Since Dec. 29, eight dead cows have
been found by people strolling on beaches in southern Sweden and three in
Denmark. All the animals had parts of their ears cut off. Investigators suspect
this was done to remove the identification tags used to trace the animals.
Danish and Swedish police said
Thursday the cows were probably dumped from a ship in the Baltic Sea. They are
trying to pinpoint which livestock transports have passed between the two
countries in recent weeks.
Dumping livestock like that is illegal
in both countries. It's unclear, however, whether the cows were thrown
overboard in Danish, Swedish or international waters.