It’s a steg-cow-saurus! ‘Prehistoric beast’ spotted in Yorkshire thanks to optical illusion


A photographer claims a ‘one in a million’ shot created an optical illusion that made a cow appear like a dinosaur – with horns coming out of its bum as well as its head.

Amateur snapper Ross Foden was out walking his dogs last month (Saturday July 15) when he spotted two cows perfectly aligned in a field on the hills of Holmfirth, West Yorks.

The 26-year-old community support worker was quick enough to capture the animals before they shifted positions just moments later.

The ‘perfect’ photo shows the cow take on the appearance of a prehistoric beast as a second set of giant horns appear it has horns down its back as well as its head.

Ross said: “I was just completely shocked and surprised [by the photo]. But I’ll admit I was also happy that I got the photo because it’s a very unusual photo to have.

“I was just at the right place at the right time.

“There were about five or six cows in that field. Then they got together and just lined up – I thought it was perfect for a photo and it’s certainly not something you see every day.

“One cow was just standing behind another so I took a few photos of them – but that particular photo was the only one that was perfectly aligned – the cows moved after that.

“I just took the one because they moved right afterwards – it was strange really, and kind of funny.

“Photography is just a hobby for me really. I’m just trying to get into it – I’ve only been doing it since the start of the year.

“I do landscape photography mainly, but I’ve been asked recently to take photos at people’s weddings aswell.

“I was just walking with the dogs by a reservoir called Digley and those cows were just in the field opposite it.”

Ross says the photo was one in a million and by sheer chance he managed to capture the cows in perfect alignment.

He said: “I was looking at them all trying to find a good photo and then as I’m panning across it just happened that I timed it right.

“I put it on social media and shared it in some of the groups that I’m a part of.

“It got 200 likes and lots of comments. I told people that I wanted ‘captions’.

“I got people to come up with their own ideas for what I could caption it as.

“People said pretty obvious things like ‘it’s a cow in a field’ – they didn’t get it – I wanted something funny.

“There were a few people who were saying the cows looked ‘horny’. They got the idea.

“As for the cows, I think they were probably wondering what I was doing pointing a camera at them.”