Devon mother is shocked to discover cattle staring at her through her living room window

A mother was left stunned when she awoke to find a cow staring into her living room window and another 50 trampling through her garden. 

Natasha Hooper, 39, was getting ready in her bathroom at her home in Sprayton, Devon, when her son Tyler Findlay, 13, told her, ‘there’s a cow looking through the window.’

At first she thought her son was just imagining things but was left gobsmacked to find the unwelcome guest had been joined by a whole herd.   

Footage shows the cattle making themselves at home in the garden and leaving a trail of destruction as they left manure all over the family’s lawn and driveway.

Natasha Hooper, 39, was left stunned when she awoke to find a cow staring into her living room window and another 50 trampling through her garden

Natasha Hooper, 39, was left stunned when she awoke to find a cow staring into her living room window and another 50 trampling through her garden

Mrs Hooper (pictured with her husband Christopher and daughter Izabelle-Rose) was getting ready in her bathroom at her home in Sprayton, Devon, when her son Tyler Findlay, 13, told her, 'there's a cow looking through the window'

Mrs Hooper (pictured with her husband Christopher and daughter Izabelle-Rose) was getting ready in her bathroom at her home in Sprayton, Devon, when her son Tyler Findlay, 13, told her, ‘there’s a cow looking through the window’

One nosy cow was even pictured ogling them through the living room window while others were queuing outside the property waiting to get in ‘as if it was a nightclub’.

Tyler and brother Mason Findlay, 12, were in fits of giggles watching the giant creatures take over their garden as Mrs Hooper’s husband Christopher tried to herd them out.

The adventurous cattle had escaped the farmer’s field after their morning milking, wandered up the road and surrounded the family’s home.

It took Mrs Hooper and her gardener almost five hours to clear up the cow mess, and she posted snaps of the cheeky cattle grazing to Facebook later that morning.

At first she thought her son was just imagining things but was left gobsmacked to find the unwelcome guest had been joined by a whole herd

At first she thought her son was just imagining things but was left gobsmacked to find the unwelcome guest had been joined by a whole herd

Footage shows the cattle making themselves at home in the garden and leaving a trail of destruction as they left manure all over the family's lawn and driveway

Footage shows the cattle making themselves at home in the garden and leaving a trail of destruction as they left manure all over the family’s lawn and driveway

She said: ‘The kids were having breakfast and my husband was over in the en-suite and I heard Tyler shouting ”Mum there’s a cow looking in the window”.

‘I thought it was another one of his random little comments as usual, but then he started laughing and saying ”they’re all running round the garden”.

‘My husband came flying out of the en-suite, pulling his trousers up as he went, and then I came out of the bathroom and could see them all through the double doors into the garden.

‘The garden was full of cows, jumping around and charging at each other, obviously all stressed, and when they’re stressed their tails go up and the liquid [manure] flies out the back end.

One nosy cow was even pictured ogling them through the living room window while others were queuing outside the property waiting to get in 'as if it was a nightclub'

One nosy cow was even pictured ogling them through the living room window while others were queuing outside the property waiting to get in ‘as if it was a nightclub’

Tyler and brother Mason Findlay, 12, were in fits of giggles watching the giant creatures take over their garden as Mrs Hooper's husband Christopher tried to herd them out

Tyler and brother Mason Findlay, 12, were in fits of giggles watching

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