IT COULD ONLY HAP­PEN IN FISH­ING

Tackle ed­i­tor Mark Sawyer’s moov­ing day on the canal

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

EVER won­dered whether cows can swim? Well, the match­men on the Ian Smith Canal League on the Grand Union at Castlethorpe found out... to their cost.

The field op­po­site my peg had a flat, grassy edge a cou­ple of feet above the wa­ter, and on this hot day a cow wan­dered up and then, with front legs splayed, it leant down to try to take a drink. Soon grav­ity took its toll, and the cow slid grace­fully head-first into the wa­ter. A cow swim­ming along the mid­dle of the canal, with all the nar­row­boats giv­ing it a wide berth, was a very funny sight. But laugh­ter turned to panic as the bovine breast­stro­ker climbed out on the tow­path and, panic-stricken, charged through poles, roosts, rollers and any­thing else that got in its way. ‘Dev­as­ta­tion’ is the word that comes to mind...

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