The story then developed further when it was revealed it took not two, but four shots to bring down the rampaging
And then the resultant mocking publicity caused the PR department to step in, and that's when things really got hilarious:
Lincolnshire Police have issued a further statement try to address some concerns raised by the public after they shot a cow on the loose in Grantham.*settles in with popcorn*
"The animal's presence in a residential area posed a serious risk to safety. A significant amount of resources were committed to containing the animal."Yes. Perhaps too many? There's a reason why when tracking big game, hunters go alone or with one buddy, not with a cavalcade of cars and flashing lights.
"The intention was to safely remove the animal from the area without destroying it if at all possible."Very noble aim...
"After more than two hours of working towards this aim, it became apparent that it was not achievable. Several options, including sedation, were considered. The RSPCA and the owner of the animal were consulted."Did you consider the sedation for the cow, or your overly excitable officers?
"As more members of the public turned up to watch the incident, prompted by online commentary on the situation, the animal became increasingly distressed and there were fears that it would jump further fences and re-enter a residential area."Oh, I see! It was the public that did it! They were watching you & you got performance anxiety?
And that bloody Internet! It's a menace, isn't it?
"Reports that some shots missed the animal are incorrect. Four shots were fired and all hit their target."Yes, and that's not reassuring, actually - either your 'markman' isn't aware of where to place a killing shot or you are using the wrong weapons for the job. Not that the RSPCA will query anything...
"This is a rural county and we deal with dozens of similar incidents every year without them ending in the death of the animal."So...you need to shoot more cows to get better at it?