Udder shocking! The moment when the clever cow unhooks an electric fence with her teeth – and avoids being zapped
- Shepherd Wylie Wood filmed his cattle on the farm in Hartland, Vermont
- A cow reached for a rubber insulator sleeve to open the electric fence
- Wood claimed he had never seen a cow manage to bypass an electric fence
- The rubber sleeve allows farmers to open a fence without receiving a shock
A crafty cow has learned to dodge electric shocks to free her friends. She grabbed the plastic insulation handles of the electric fence with her teeth and loosened the wires.
Shepherd Wylie Wood was checking cattle in Hartland, Vermont, when he spotted one of the animals pulling the loaded wire with its mouth on February 4.
Funny footage shows the cow unhooking the bright orange guard on the upper wire before turning her attention to the lower barrier.
The cow grabs the plastic in her teeth, lifts the hook from its station, and drops the wire onto the snow-covered ground.
Wylie Wood was looking for cattle in Hartland, Vermont, when he spotted one of the animals pulling on the charged wire on February 4th
The cow disconnected the electrical wires by placing the plastic insulator in her mouth and preventing shock
Wood, who is 30, said he had never seen a cow grab an electric fence and even put it back on a couple of times just to see her do it again.
Wood, 30, said, “I’ve never seen a cow do this in my life. I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
“I have no idea how she found out unless she watched us lift the gate open. I reattached the wire a couple of times just to see her do it again and sure enough that she did it.
‘The fence is there to protect the cows on the property. Where she bit into there is plastic insulation so we can open and close the gates when we need to get in.
“It doesn’t have a very exciting name – it’s H308 right now – but we’ll call it Houdini after we see that.”
The footage has been viewed more than four million times since it was uploaded to social media.
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