A cow seen in a photograph sitting on the hood of a car to stay warm during the winter is a digitally manipulated image. Warm cars have become make shift homes for animals seeking shelter from the colder weather. Thus, it is always smart to check your wheel wells before driving. However, you should not need to check the hood of your car for cows.
Nonetheless, this doctored image suggests that drive should be warned:
However, the above image is a digitally manipulated photograph, according to Snopes. The exact origin of the above image was not identified but it is known to have been circulating on social media since at least 2013. Of course, the above image is meant as a joke.
Originally shared with various joke captions, such as “Got Milk” and “The Ground is Lava,” Snopes noted that the above image did not truly go viral until it was attached to warnings about animals seeking shelter in cars during the winter.
The official Twitter account for the Roads Policing Unit in Surrey, England, was one of the first to combine this image with the warning, likely as a joke to get people’s attention. Here are some other examples of the above image being shared on social media.
Remember as days get colder animals are attracted to the warmth of cars so check wheel arches or other hiding places pic.twitter.com/wDXcKgIcK9
— Cute Emergency (@CuteEmergency) December 8, 2015
Good point. Keep furry friends safe. https://t.co/fsUqwQ1J37
— Will Tendy (@willtendy) December 12, 2017
Remember as the days get colder animals are attracted to the warmth of cars so check wheel arches and other places an animal could be hiding pic.twitter.com/Kkngg6mCdj
— alligator3!!!!!!!!!!! (@nyehsquidsquid) December 12, 2017
Remember As Days Get Colder Animals Are Attracted pic.twitter.com/iJ5VOaWhoP
— Milhan (@PVPSAAAAN) January 21, 2017
Remember as days get colder, animals are attracted to the warmth of cars so check wheel arches and other hiding places pic.twitter.com/CEgMTxEvyc
— ḵ🌊 (@Gardner__Casey) November 2, 2017
Snopes concluded its research by showing the side by side comparisons of the cow. The cow seemed content in a grassy field before it was digitally manipulated into the wintry scene.
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