When car dealer Phil Lenentine of Calais, Maine, advertised he would pay $2,000 for anything customers could "push, pull or drag in," he admits he did not expect someone to offer a trade-in on the hoof.

Lenentine said a customer offered the young heifer after determining he did not have enough cash for a down payment on a car, the Bangor Daily News reported Tuesday.The dealer told the newspaper he chewed on the idea for a while before accepting. "What the heck. We could help this guy out, and we could turn this thing into cash providing we don't lose it in the meantime," he said.

But the deal almost went astray when the animal escaped. Car dealer and cow were reunited Monday after the animal was corralled at a local landfill, Calais police said.



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