Little baby cow enjoys free Buick ride to McDonald’s

A Wisconsinite captured a video of a McDonald's patron swinging through the drive-thru with calf in tow.

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Cute calf sticking out tongue
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My beagle loves running errands. Strap him into his harness and give him a soft blanket, and he’ll hang out in the passenger seat of my hatchback for hours. The same is apparently true of cows—at least, according to one Wisconsin woman who spotted a McDonald’s customer cruising through the drive-thru with a calf in his back seat.

The Associated Press reports that Jessica Nelson filmed the scene, posting it on Facebook with the caption: “A WHOLE FREAKING COW!!! Tell me you live in Wisconsin without telling me you live in Wisconsin.” Nelson later chatted with the AP, explaining that she thought the cow was fake at first. “Who puts a cow in a Buick?,” Nelson laughed, in the interview with the AP.

She later realized the cow was real when it moved its head. Nelson also heard from the cow’s owner after posting her viral video, which has more than 300,000 views as of today, September 1. Per the AP, the cow’s owner reached out to Nelson and explained that he had just bought the calf at an auction, along with two other calves who were also hanging out in the back seat out of sight.

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Can we fault the gentleman for swinging through the drive-thru immediately after purchasing his three new cows? I’m sure there are better ways to transport calves; however, maybe the man was doing the cows a favor. Maybe he was following a direct order from an assertive cow with a french fry craving. Of course, cows aren’t licensed to drive, so this may have been the bovines’ only shot at enjoying fast food prior to a lifetime of hay and grass. (Note to self: research what cows actually eat. I’m guessing they don’t have a taste for McDoubles—yet.)