Friday, 5 June 2009

Load of Old Bullocks

Lucy and I went out recently to check the newly opened Cellars at Hughenden House, and encountered a slightly odd phenomenon in the car park. A gaggle of Bullocks clustered around the (hot) cars, some climbing up onto them and licking the windscreens and lights, even with people in the cars. One or two had broken wing mirrors and wipers.

Has anyone else ever seen bullocks doing this? Why? Is this some kind of Bovine Kinky thing? Are they after the satnavs? or what?

Answers on a postcard...

7 comments:

Erika Baker said...

They’ve heard that they are being blamed for their major contribution to the greenhouse effect and fear they may be culled, so they have decided to eliminate as many cars as possible to increase their own chance of survival.

Ann said...

Not a postcard but an answer. Do you salt your roads - the cows like salt - and if not - the paint has an attractive taste to cows. Here is an encounter between critters and cars near our house.

ramtopsrac said...

My hunch is that the cars were acting like a warm salt lick where the cars have collect dust and grit and stuff off the roads and out the air.

The only other thought is that the cars were parked under something flowering and the pollen was sweet.

I'll ask my Dad in the New Forest - I'm guessing the phenomenon has been seen in the car parks there at some point!

Bishop Alan Wilson said...

Whilst your theory definitely sounds the place science and sense come together, Erika, Ann's bighorn is wellworth a look, being goatish in a Shakespeare kind of way. I think the salt theory could well be onto something; They licked glass surfaces as much as painted ones, and there weren't any trees overhead. So I think we're 90% there on this one, especially if they like salt...

Grandmère Mimi said...

The wild, car-loving bullocks of Britain! I never knew.

Lin said...

We think it's the NT tenant being stingy with the mineral licks! It's been like this for years, parishioners at St Michael & All Angels are frequently suffering damaged cars (mine's scratched to ......) thanks to the cows, and there's no comeback because it's not a public road. For me, the moral of the story is walk to church - much healthier when you only live a mile away!

Bishop Alan Wilson said...

Lin, Feels to me like you've cracked it, with your local knowledge. There certainly was a broken wing mirror on a car near ours. Strangeky they treated our Galaxy MPV as a weird wrong-shaped thing and stayed clear of it as well; it was classic shaped cars they were most interested in, including an open top sports car.

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