It has certainly been flame grilled but this extraordinary cow is still standing.
The poor creature was struck by lightning and left with blistering burns. You would expect it to have been cooked alive.
But the cow miraculously survived, apparently unperturbed by the ordeal, and is already back roaming the meadows.
Flame grilled: This poor cow was struck by lightning but, in a rare freak of nature, lives to the tell the tale
Professor of Physical Geography, Jon Nott of James Cook University, said the event was rare but entirely feasible.
He said: 'Cows are susceptible to lightning strikes because both sets of legs are on the ground.
'But, more often than not, they die from it.'
He added: 'The electricity from a lightning strike would enter the front set of legs and exit out the back legs so, based on the picture, it is possible it happened.
'While I can't explain the knee wounds, the ankle wounds would be consistent with those of lightning.'
The cow is believed to have been struck by the bolt in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia, last month.
But if it wasn't for its horrific wounds, you could hardly tell the animal had suffered.
Perhaps it has drawn comfort from the old wive's tale. After all, we are all told that lightning never strikes in the same place twice.