Cow Gets Stuck on Roof in Switzerland

A cyclist in Switzerland was shocked to spot a cow on the roof of a farmhouse.

Rolf Steiner was riding a bike travelling through the Swiss Alps when he spotted the cow wobbling precariously on the incredibly steep roof near the capital Bern. Photo: CEN

Rolf Steiner was riding a bike travelling through the Swiss Alps when he spotted the cow wobbling precariously on the incredibly steep roof near the capital Bern. Photo: CEN


The cow apparantly had been walking on a road behind the property when suddenly it came to his mind that fresh fields and pastures new might be available on the other side of the roof.

However, instead of going round, the cow decided to jump from the road onto the roof and climbed up to the top, before slithering down the other side and stopping when it got near the guttering.

“Realising there was nothing exciting there, it then turned round and went the other way where it successfully jumped back to the ground and went back to the meadow that it originally came from,” reports Aol.

Rolf said: “I couldn’t believe my eyes and had to look three times to make sure I was seeing what I thought I was seeing. A cow on the roof.”

The animal even broke several tiles with its hooves before it had finally found its way back down.

The farmer who owned both cow and farmhouse, Dieter Mueller, said: “She always was one of my most cantankerous beasts, always wanting to do it her way, not mine or the herd’s. I tried to chuck a broom at her to get her off, and put a ladder there but I didn’t use it, as I was worried she’d fall on top of me.”

“She would have stayed up there for eternity if she had wanted to. I tried to coax her off when I first saw her but she wouldn’t budge. She had to do things in her own sweet time. And I am left with the bill for replacing the tiles she smashed.”

By the way, this Swiss cow is not the only animal who likes climbing tops. A year ago a tiger fell asleep on the roof of a car.

Those who were in the car during the incident, and one of whom has his window down, appear to be surprisingly calm as the beast grips the tire and cuddles with it.

“At least he didn’t bite one of the other wheels. Then we’d be in big trouble,” the driver, sanctuary owner John Varty, notes in the video.

The footage skips ahead and follows the vehicle as Varty slowly drives it down a dirt road believing that the tiger will jump off, which he eventually does, reports The Huffington Post.

“I couldn’t believe it when he started to sleep while we were driving along. That’s the first time I’ve ever known this to happen,” Varty told the Austrian Times. “I couldn’t get him off until I went over some really rough ground that he didn’t like.”

Varty, who also works as a filmmaker, founded the sanctuary in order to “create a free-ranging, self-sustaining tiger population outside Asia,” he notes on his website.

Tigers are included into the lest of the most endangered species and the geographical area where they can be found has decreased by more than 50 percent during the last three generations.

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