Gordon I. R. Lore, Jr., and Harold H. Deneault, Jr., 1968, Mysteries of the Skies, Washington, D.C., NICAP, pages 153-154.
Shortly after midnight on October 30, 1964, a flying
machine illuminated with a dazzling red light moved
slowly, and at a fairly low altitude, toward James
Sharman, a British coal merchant, and three business
companions. The men were on a night fishing trip
in Somerset, England. Like the Exeter UFO, the
object spread a red glow over the area, illuminating
the bank of a stream and surrounding fields.
The men narrowly escaped being trampled. “It
was . . . pandemonium,” Sharmon said. “We hid
behind a car so the cows wouldn’t sweep us into the
water.” A few minutes later, the unknown craft
accelerated and vanished. The cattle returned to
normal only after the UFO had disappeared.
NICAP’s director, commenting on the McDonald and
Sharman cases, said people who scoff at unknown flying
objects probably would twist the animal-reaction
aspect into a new UFO joke. He added:
“Perhaps now and then a cow may have a startling delusion, though usually cows are rather placid creatures. But for fifty cows to have terrifying hallucinations all at once would be peculiar to say the least. Probably they had often seen the moon and Venus as well as cars and planes, without being alarmed. And even [Donald] Menzel, the most determined UFO-killer would think twice before saying that the McDonald horse was looking for publicity or the English cows were cultists hypnotized by weird religion.”