(Photo: Associated Press)
Somehow I missed this fantastic story when it came out three years ago. A 2011 report in Spiegel describes Luna, a cow that can be ridden like a horse. Teenager Regina Mayer lived on her family's dairy farm in Laufen, Germany. Her parents wouldn't allow her to own a horse. So she trained a cow to take a human rider and respond to commands:
Mayer began training Luna not long after she was born two years ago. Before long, she threw a saddle on the animal and began riding her. Now, commands such as "go," "stand" or "gallop" are no problem for Luna. As long as she's in the mood, that is.
Mayer began creating small jumps for her uddered friend once merely riding her became too boring. "I had to show Luna everything and to bribe her with carrots and sugar," she told the German news agency DPA. "Now she can jump over 1 meter (3 feet)."
-via Marginal Revolution