Swimming Cow Saves Farmer

A farmer's wife who was swept away by floods in New Zealand yesterday had her life saved by a cow.

Kim Riley praised the animal - known only as Number 569 - and described it as "an ugly old tart".

The area around Mrs Riley's farm at Woodville, near Palmerston North, has been lashed by severe storms that have claimed two lives, washed away wooden houses and forced the evacuation of hundreds of North Island homes.






My situation is a solemn one. Life is offered to me on condition of eating beefsteaks. But death is better than cannibalism. My will contains directions for my funeral, which will be followed not by mourning coaches, but by oxen, sheep, flocks of poultry, and a small traveling aquarium of live fish, all wearing white scarfs in honor of the man who perished rather than eat his fellow creatures.

George Bernard Shaw