Curiosity May Have Killed the Cat but It Left a Nosy German Cow with Nothing More Than a Headache

updated 01/24/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/24/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

Some days nothing goes right. Even for a cow. Roaming the lush West German pastures of Neuenkirchen farmer Klaus Hoffer one day not long ago, Gisella, a prized Holstein, poked her curious nose into an abandoned plastic keg. To her udder dismay, the young cow's horns became embedded in the empty container. The bewildered bovine was vigorously trying to shake herself free when a startled camera-toting passerby called the police. Owner Hoffer, officer Rudolf Hertl and a companion finally tied Gisella to a tree and, with one Herculean yank, liberated her. "When the keg came off," Hertl recalls, "the cow bore an expression of enormous surprise, mooed for a few seconds, and began grazing as if nothing had happened."

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