A Victorian man has been reunited with his wedding ring after it spent three years in the stomach of a cow.
Adam Haxhi, of Melbourne, lost the ring on a trip to the South Gippsland farm in 2009 when a petting calf named Yogie sucked it off his finger and swallowed it.
“I was surprised it showed up — I didn’t really expect to see it again,” Mr Haxhi told the Herald Sun.
Farmer Will Jelbart, who was working at the farm when the incident occurred, took Mr Haxhi’s contact information and raised Yogie at his farm home at Loch.
Two weeks ago Yogie was butchered and after some searching amongst his four stomach chambers the ring was found.
Unfortunately, Mr Jelbart had lost Mr Haxhi’s details and so put out a call through the media for the ring’s owner to come forward.
During an appearance on the TODAY show Mr Jelbart made a hilarious gaffe that quickly became an online hit.
Yesterday Mr Haxhi and his wife Saskia travelled from their home in Melbourne to Loch to collect the ring and meet the farmer who had been keeping an eye on it.
“People always thought it was a bit of a joke when I told them how I’d lost it,” Mr Haxhi said.
“Then one of my mates in Sydney rang me because he’d seen something in the paper about a ring being found in a cow.”
After some thorough washing, the ring is now back on Mr Haxhi’s finger.