Smiths Grove, KY—An unusual traffic backup on Highway 101 with no obvious explanation left police and highway engineers scratching their heads, but some suspect that the root cause may have been two aggressively mating cows.
The backup started two miles north of city limits starting around 5 p.m., and at its height it stretched over a mile on a section of highway that normally doesn’t produce any stopped traffic at all.
Sheriff Jerry “Peanuts” Gaines said no 9-1-1 calls had come in, but he dispatched a deputy to ascertain what had caused the backup.
“I’m pretty sure it’s because of those cows,” the deputy told the Post. “That’s really the only thing I could figure out.”
He gestured toward a pasture on the west side of the road where the two cows were still busily carrying on with the reproductive ritual.
Our reporter spoke with several drivers who had just cleared the queue, and their testimonies seem to confirm the deputy’s suspicion, though not always explicitly.
“I think there must have been a wreck or something,” said May Prescott, a Bowling Greene resident. “I think they cleared it before I got through. Did you see those cows, though?”
Others were in complete agreement. “Oh, I bet it was people watching them cows,” said Greg Burrel, who was heading home from his job in Smiths Grove. “I saw ’em, too. They were really goin’ at it.”
“It’s truly beautiful,” said Elmer Blake, a retired dentist who was headed to Bingo night. “I admit that I stopped and watched for a good ten minutes. I pulled over to the shoulder so people behind me could pass. No one did, though.”
“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” said a local hair stylist who declined to give her name. “I didn’t see any cows. Were there cows? I must have missed them,” she stated while taking repeated glances at the still busy bovines.
At some point the cows dispersed, and traffic soon resumed its normal pace, giving further evidence to the deputy’s theory.
When asked whether there is anything the sheriff’s office can do to prevent future backups, Sheriff Gaines was stumped.
“It’s not illegal to be in a traffic jam,” he said dismissively. “All we can do is hope it was a fluke. Anyway, I need to get back to work.”
The sheriff then turned back to a monitor where he was reviewing what appeared to be footage of the copulating cows from earlier that day.