Earlier this year, the dazed crew of a Japanese Trawler were recovered off the Sea of Japan clinging
to the wreckage of their ship. Their rescue, however, was followed by immediate imprisonment once
authorities questioned the sailors on their ship's loss. They claimed that a cow, falling out of the
clear blue sky, had struck the trawler amidships, shattering its hull and sinking the vessel within
They remained in prison for several weeks, until the Russian Air Force reluctantly informed Japanese
authorities that the crew of one of its cargo planes had apparently stolen a cow wandering at the
edge of a Siberian airfield. They forced the cow into the plane's hold and hastily departed for home.
Unprepared for live cargo, the Russian crew was ill-equipped to manage a rampaging cow within its
hold. To save the aircraft and themselves, they shoved the animal out of the cargo hold as they
crossed the Sea of Japan at an altitude of 30,000 feet.
Truth is stranger than fiction.