Australia’s Largest Cow, Big Moo, Does a Poo for a Good Cause

January 26, 2018 Updated: January 26, 2018

Australia’s largest bovine, Big Moo, emptied his bowel in an unconventional fundraiser on Jan. 26 as part of Australia Day celebrations.

Owner Joanne Vine came up with the idea of a cow pat lottery—where the winner was the lucky person to buy a square patch on Big Moo’s paddock where the eventual dropping lands, reported Australian ABC.

Almost 100 people turned up to buy stakes in the paddock at Glencoe in South Australia.

Vine said she came up with the idea of a lottery fundraiser when she was younger.

“I think I read about it in a book in my childhood and I’m not sure how it came to mind for this particular event,” Vine told the news station.

“I was musing [about] how I could raise money with Moo and this popped out of my memory,” she added.

It took just over three hours for the giant bovine to drop the load.

Local Emma Kennon was the lucky winner who ended up donating her $100 winnings to charity, reported the news station.

All funds raised in the event were donated to the Mount Gambier branch of Riding for the Disabled, an organization that gives people with a disability the chance to learn to ride and care for horses, reported ABC. Almost $1,000 was raised from the lottery, charity spokeswoman Megan Wilkinson said.

“We’re completely run by volunteers and donations really help us with horse care and maintenance around the place,” she told the news station.

Vine said even though it was an unusual way to spend Australia day, the lottery fitted well with the spirit of the holiday.

“This is so Australia Day — the idea that a woman could mark out lines on a paddock to get her big cow to do poos in it,” Vine told the news station.

Big Moo stands at 6 foot 1 inches (186 centimeters) and weighs approximately 1.5 tonnes.

“He loves cameras. If he sees a camera, he smiles,” Vine said.

“I’m not sure if he knows he’s famous. He knows every little while a mass of people turn up and pat him all over and give him scratches and then go away again,” she added.


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