Is cow tipping an urban legend? Have you ever tried to tip over a cow?
Cow tipping is the purported activity of sneaking up on any unsuspecting or sleeping upright cow and pushing it over for entertainment. Apparently cows are easier to tip than goats and far less ornery than bulls.
But cows are large animals, and can be quite spry. In the unlikely event that you could sneak up on a cow, Wikipedia states that “at least four and possibly as many as fourteen people would be required to push it over.” Rumour in the County is that teens, after consuming some liquid courage, used to ‘try’ to do it ……..
Now there are actual cases where cows have “tipped” themselves over. Each year when the apples started to ripen in our orchard in Cressy, the neighbour’s cows would break out to gorge on their annual apple feast.
Our orchard was at least 2 km away from the dairy farm, but cattle have a powerful sense of smell and long memories. After binging on the apples, they would become tipsy and start bawling at the top of their lungs! After a while, they would lay down on the ground until their owner arrived to drive them back home. We didn’t try to intervene, can you imagine trying to herd inebriated cows?!