Monday, June 14, 2010

Cow in the lake

On Saturday evening, just as Terry and I were heading out to dinner, a neighbor called to report a dead cow in the lake just off the end of his dock. He wanted to know what to do with it.

I suggested he drag it ashore, butcher it, and stock his freezer. He was not amused. He seemed to think that because Terry and I are on the homeowner's association board, we should remove said dead cow. We thought not, gave the neighbor several numbers to call (Coast Guard Axilliary, Marine Fire and Rescue, Applachian Power (who owns the license for the lake), Virginia departments with varying degrees of responisibility for health, water safety, etc.). The Coast Guard and Marine Fire and Rescue eventually showed up and circled the dead cow. My neighbor went out as well. Everyone agreed that the cow was indeed thoroughly dead. And then they left. Cow remained in the water.

Cow was in the water on Sunday. Today, it's moved on or down, who knows which.

So, what is the story about the dead cow? Becky Mushko wants to know if it committed suicide. Looked like a young cow, so I don't think suicide is likely. Of course, it could be pregnant and not happy about it. . . .

Was it murdered? Did a jealous cow lure it into the water just as lightning was striking all around? Was this an act of a jealous god who decided that the cow was a bad influence on her herd and should be destroyed?

Without roping the cow and dragging it to a dock, we'll probably never know what happened. CSI wasn't called. The police were not interested, even if the cow was a murder victim. Alas, this inquiring mind is not likely to know what happened. Bet Sally Roseveare can do something with the cow in the lake in her next Smith Mountain Lake Mystery.

And no, I didn't take any pictures of the bloated corpse.


Becky Mushko said...

Perhaps the cow left its herd to go for a swim and was not equipped with a proper bovine flotation device. I foresee several committees forming to help farmers select proper flotation devices for their cattle, make sure said flotation devices fit, lobby for laws requiring all bovines to wear such devices when they are within 500 feet of the lake, etc.

P.S. The link to my blog doesn't work. It has part of your URL in it.

Betsy Ashton said...

Thanks for letting me know the linkd didn't work. Does now! And yes, there will be multiple committees worrying about bovine flotation devices.

Becky Mushko said...

Thanks! The link indeed works now. Do you suppose perhaps a fisherman was using the cow for bait? I've heard there are some big fish in Smith Mountain Lake.