It was reported on July 22, 1936, that Arthur Gwinner, a farmer in Jerseyville, Illinois had noticed that one of his cows had not been producing her usual amount of milk each day.
What could have caused this? A hormonal problem? Some sort of illness? Could it be psychological?
No. None of these.
Gwinner suspected that the cow was being milked by – get this – a snake.
So, he hired a guy named Bud Skinner to keep watch on the herd. As the cows headed toward a spring for some water, Skinner noticed a snake crawling out from its stump and elevating its head toward the udder of that same cow for a refresher.
He beat the snake with a club and then shot it to death.