A neighbour thought he was seeing things when he peered out the window. But after closer inspection he realised it was not an illusion – the cow was 1.8m (6ft) off the ground.
William de Cothi, 17, took a photograph of the agile animal – in case nobody believed him.
‘I was looking out of my window when I saw the cow,’ said the sixth-form student.
‘At first I thought that the cow was in the background and not really on the roof.
‘But after a closer look I could see it was on the roof. I got my family to come and look later and they laughed. It was amazing.’
The cow eventually made its way down but the homeowner in Blagdon, Somerset, called police after finding her roof seriously damaged.
‘This was initially recorded on my figures as a burglary so I am glad I can take it off,’ said PC Ray Bradley.