An American couple have survived unscathed after their minivan was crushed – by a falling cow.
Charles and Linda Everson were driving back to their hotel when Michelle, a 600lb rodeo cow, landed on their bonnet. Chelan County fire chief Arnold Bake said the couple missed being killed by a matter of inches in the accident near Manson in Washington State.
Mr Everson, 49, said he was in alliteration shock as he watched the bovine bounce off his battered bonnet.
“All of a sudden I’m looking at it, and I tell my wife, ‘It’s a cow,'” he said.
“Charles is not a quick thinker,” said Mrs. Everson, “but even he knows a cow when he sees one’s arse spread over his windscreen.”
“Yeah, I know a cow’s arse when I see one,” said Mr. Everson, giving his wife a meaningful look.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Harris said the animal was a Professional Bull Rider-registered cow that had escaped its ranch about a month ago.
“It was bred for rodeo,” Sgt Harris told the paper. “It was not your normal cow in a field. A professional cow like that needs the wide open spaces and the thrill of adventure. Unfortunately, this cow chose hang-gliding and you really need fingers to properly enjoy hang-gliding.”