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Northern Ireland cattle drive with a difference goes viral with 200,000 views

By Linda Stewart

This is the incredible moment when a motorist driving through Newry managed to capture a video of three cows crammed into the back of a Land Cruiser.

Tony Shields (35) filmed the bizarre rush-hour sight, intending to show it to his two-year-old son - and was staggered when the video went viral. The haulier from Cullyhanna in Co Armagh said that 200,000 people have viewed the video since he posted it on Wednesday.

Only in Newry...

Posted by Tony Shields on Wednesday, 19 April 2017

"I was driving though Newry, saw this in front of me and I grabbed the phone," he told the Belfast Telegraph. "I knew it was a little bit unusual. My intention at the time was to send it to my wife to show my son as he's into cattle and young calves. Then I put it on Facebook and the next thing everyone's looking at it."

As the son of a farmer, Tony says he moves cattle himself from time to time - but he always uses a trailer.

He realised after posting the video that the 4x4 was owned by one of his neighbours who lives a few miles away from him in Cullyhanna.

"It's definitely not a very 21st century mode of transport and you don't see it all the time. But it's a very humane way of carrying them, more humane than having them in the trailer. I've never seen this myself - well, certainly not in the last 25 years or so."

A PSNI spokesman said it is "ill-advised but not illegal" to carry cattle in a car, saying it doesn't breach the offence of driving without due care and attention.

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