The Mirror

Animals are blamed for almost £1m worth of damage to cars, a breakdown of insurance claims has revealed.

They range from horses licking paint off a car, a rampaging cow and a cat under the bonnet causing mayhem.

Data from Saga Car Insurance for the over 50s revealed some of the more bizarre cases in the last 12 months.

One driver fancied a hike round Dartmoor National Park , but when he returned to the car park he found 12 horses licking the paintwork off his car. The naughty nags caused £1,200 worth of damage.

Another took his favourite cow to a cattle show to see if she could win a prize. He tied her to a post, but she got stage fright and made a run for it.

The cow uprooted the post and dragged it around the car park causing £800 worth of damage to the parked vehicle.

A nip to the shops for some milk proved expensive for one driver. When she started the car she heard a strange noise coming from the bonnet so went to investigate.

As she got out of the car she saw a cat running away but not before causing almost £4,000 worth of damage.

A driver was on his way to a wedding when a stag appeared out of nowhere causing him to slam on his brakes.

However, it must have been a case of ‘fight or flight’ for the deer as another stag appeared moments later and ploughed straight into the stationary car. While both stags dashed off in a daze the driver was left staring at £2,000 worth of damage.

Another Saga driver was en route to a boat yard when he spotted a low flying duck and swerved to miss it. The duck escaped with ruffled feathers, but the car slammed into a stone bridge causing more than £1,500 worth of damage.

Roger Ramsden, chief executive, Saga Services, said: “It seems that just about anything can send a road trip into turmoil and the over 50s have to have their wits about them when they’re in the driver’s seat.

“We understand that some things are out of our customers control and that they can’t predict when they may face low flying ducks or deers darting across the road.”

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