Living in a rural area, one is used to all kind of animals in the garden. We have lots of birds, squirrels, hedgehogs rabbits, moles, martens, cats, occasionally the neighbours’ dogs and very rarely a fox. Today however we had a very unexpected visitor. I was taking some pictures in the backyard when suddenly a cow strolled in, as if it was the most natural thing for her to be there. Needless to say I was very surprised to see her, checking everything out, waltzing through the flowerbeds. I have no experience with farm animals so I really did not know what to do.

My neighbour called the farmer, who arrived five minutes later and tried to lure the cow with some treats to put her on a rope. After a while half the people in our neighbourhood were watching the spectacle. In the end the farmer was successful and able to reunite the cow with the herd.

It turned out that some unauthorized person had opened the gate and had done so before. The last time half the herd escaped and the farmer spent hours getting them back. That is not funny, endangering the animals and the people who might get hurt by the frightened animals. We were all wondering who would do such a thing. Luckily nothing serious happened this time, just some trampled flowers and me spending the next half hour cleaning our driveway. The cow obviously had been very excited when she came up that way. She left a clear trace.

I just hope that whoever does these „pranks“ will soon come to his senses.

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