Castaway cow and chickens stay put on farm

HeadLine: Castaway cow and chickens stay put on farm

Daily Record, 12/01/2000, p3
by SHAUN MILNE

THE BBC’s Castaway 2000 project is stumbling from bad to worse.
First, storms battered their remote location on Taransay, destroying
valuable equipment.
Then some of the volunteer inhabitants and crew were struck down by flu
and many fled to the shelter of a B&B on nearby Harris, while one
family of four simply quit.
Now even a cow with no name is turning its back on Auntie’s £2.4million
ratings gamble.
The cow and 12 chickens were bought by the Beeb earlier this month for
the 36 volunteers taking part in Castaway.
But like most of the humans in the show, they have still to reach the
island.
Instead of braving hurricane-force storms and staying in a hastily
built shed, they remain safely tucked up in farm steadings.
The BBC struck a deal with two farmers on Skye for the cow and chickens
earlier this month.
They sent a team of researchers to ensure they had found the right kind
of chickens and cow to spend TV licence fee money on.
One Skye islander said: “They don’t give the cow a name because at some
point they will have to kill it.
“If you give an animal a name, it develops a personality, it becomes
familiar.”
Good news for the castaways, if not the cow and chickens, is that the
livestock should reach Taransay at the end of the month.
The series, which begins on BBC 1 on January 18, aims to show how 36
people from different backgrounds can set up a community and survive
with basic food and other essentials for a year on the uninhabited
island.

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