STROLLING through the countryside with his faithful border collie, the last thing David Clarke expected was to be set upon by a herd of angry cows.
It may sound comical, but as he faced down the 25 charging beasts, he knew his life hung in the balance.
Speaking to The Sun, David, 67, said the harrowing ordeal in 2014 happened so quickly he didn't have much time to think.
"I saw a herd of cattle at the other end of the field. I didn't think too much of it and I tried to avoid them by going at the back of them," he recalled.
"They were all very calm and they suddenly got up, snorted a bit and just came for me. I was stampeded.
"I was caught underneath one group, while my dog Merlin was underneath another.
"I picked my dog up and tried to get out of the field and they attacked me again. There were 25 limousin cows and their big brothers.
"They were 750kg to a tonne, plus their calves. And they weren't baby calves – these were big ones. There was quite a bit of tonnage going on top of me.
"When I noticed that the cows were coming into me, I thought they would stop. They didn't. Before I realised it was too late. All thoughts go into your head.
"You think of death but you don't want to. You just wonder, when is this going to stop and how will I get out?"