Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Plane gets a licking
Cows interested spectators at an emergency landing
The Dominion Post has an amusing report this morning that I could not resist passing on.
Cattle are surprisingly inquisitive, as I have found out many times when going out mushrooming. They gather round and drool, and flutter ridiculously long eyelashes, and when they get really interested they start to lick.
This herd of beef cattle had the most interesting experience yet, on Sunday. A small plane, flown by a private pilot, made an emergency landing in their paddock after the engine started shuddering.
No one was hurt, and the plane was washed. After a fashion. The cows, after scampering away from the landing, reassembled for a close inspection. Then, liking what they scented and saw, they started to lick.
This happened just north of Wellington, at Te Horo on the Kapiti Coast. The Kapiti Aero Club secretary denied all knowledge of the pilot's identity. All he knew, apparently was that the pilot issued a mayday call, and then made a successful landing, and the plane will be trucked out this week.
More amusing still, it seems that cows are even more interested in cameras. As you can see, they have abandoned the plane to inspect the photographer.