Hungry Cows try to Eat House

POSTED: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 11:45am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:59pm

A cowlick of a different kind is raising a Hawkins County man's hair. Thursday night started just like any other night at Jerry Davis' house. But things quickly took a strange turn.

"My grandchildren were in there and they thought someone was trying to break into the house that night," Davis said. When he went to check out the noises coming from the back of the house, he discovered a bovine break-in. Davis said eight of his neighbors cows were licking his siding.

"I couldn't believe that they were doing that. I was trying to figure out why would they be eating on the house," Davis said. A quick survey revealed the damage. Paint was removed from siding and window frames, a screen window lay bent and broken on the ground, and a downspout had been dislodged from the gutters. Davis estimates repairs will cost about $100.

He says he left messages with his neighbor to tell him about the hungry heifers. When Davis got no response, he called the sheriff. "I said 'They're licking the house.' They licked all the sealant and stuff off the back of the house and tore my screen down," Davis said. He said he doesn't harbor any ill-will towards his neighbor, he just wants his house repaired, and to share a good laugh over the situation.

"I gotta admit that's a pretty good one," Davis said. Several attempts to contact the neighbor were unsuccessful. According to the report filed by the Hawkins County Sheriffs Department, the neighbor has agreed to "look into the incident and make sure it does not occur in the future."