Somewhere out in a paddock in Moss Vale, N.S.W. there is an embarrassed ghost just wishing it had suffered a more dignified end.
In 1932 a bullock was found dead under strange circumstances.
It seemed that the bullock had an itchy head and, as quadrupeds do, lifted a rear foot to scratch it.
Unfortunately, the bullocks demise was attributed to being suffocated when it couldn’t extricate itself from this position, the hoof becoming caught on a horn.
Yes, I know we shouldn’t laugh about an unfortunate end like this but I really would love to know what went through the bullocks mind when it realized its own foot was stuck on its head….
This is one of those old newspaper articles that make me howl with frustration. Bullock. Strange death. Hand of clock? What the?? Details people, details!!
According to this tiny article a bullock was found dead in strange circumstances. When a post-mortem was done it was discovered that the long hand of an eight-day clock was found piercing its heart.
I say it again…. what the?? So many questions!
Where did the bullock and the clock meet? Grandfather clocks are not usually kept in the same environment as a bullock are they? Was the bullock wandering through the parlour when it tripped, crushed the clock and was mortally wounded? I think someone might have noticed that little incident though.
Just say that someone wanted to end the life of this bullock, I can think of a thousand things on a farm that would be more to hand than this particular weapon, couldn’t you? Aaaarrrggghhh!!
A bovine gentleman. See, this is why I love words. There is no way I can look at a cow (ok David, bull) from now on and not think of it being referred to as a bovine gentleman.
I wonder what enticed a large bullock into a small space like the old powder magazine this bullock was found trapped in?
Perhaps something stored in there in the past had left a delicious smell. I am not sure how good old explosives smell though…
Either way, he wasn’t doing anything to make us look favourably on the intelligence of cows, was he?
The poor thing ended up trapped in the powder magazine for what was estimated to be two weeks without food and water, and was only discovered thanks to a passing riders curiosity. The magazine had to be partially demolished before he could be freed.
I can imagine a prime bullock surviving that long without food, and he was described as a skeleton when found, but we all know that nothing can survive that long without water. Clearly he was thirsty though, as the first thing he did when he got out was to make his way over to a waterhole and then have a good munch on the grass.
I am surprised that the poor thing didn’t die of boredom before he was rescued though, and imagine the smell… peeeeeyou!