600-Pound Cow Falls On Moving Minivan
MANSON, Wash. (AP) -- A Westland couple celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary in Washington State barely escaped disaster when a 600-pound cow fell 200 feet and landed on the hood of their minivan.
The county fire chief says the couple were lucky they weren't killed by the cow that fell off a cliff as they drove on a highway on Sunday.
Charles Everson Jr. and his wife Linda were checked at a hospital as a precaution.
The van was heavily damaged, including a broken windshield. Charles Everson says he kept repeating, "I don't believe this. I don't believe this."
The cow had been reported missing by a breeder. It was euthanized at the scene.
I can't help but think of Terry Pratchett's books when I read this news story. In one the characters experience rains of fish, cans of sardines, lobsters, and bedsteads. Of course everyone tries to explain how it could all be natural (maybe a hurricane swept through a sardine canning factory for example) and eventually it leads to this exchange about the 'rain of rain'.
I'm pretty sure a rain of cows, or just cow, is a pretty rare phenomenom. Just as well really. I imagine that if you drop cows from a sufficient height, most of them just go splash and that must leave a horrible mess. One interesting bit is that in most of the other news stories I've run across about this incident, the cow's name (Michelle) is always listed. I guess that sort of cements it as a human interest tale.