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By Lynn Curwin     Sep 15, 2010 in World
A ram in a house may cause as much damage as a bull in a china shop, as one animal recently demonstrated when it got into a Lancashire home.
A couple in Tockholes returned from a walk to find a smashed patio door, broken furniture, their television knocked over, and flooring destroyed.
Paula Ed Smith thought that destructive burglars had struck and called the police.
"We saw all the glass and all the mess and we were very scared,” The Telegraph quoted Paula Smith as saying.
"For about 15 minutes I was racking my brain wondering if I'd upset anyone for them to do this, while my husband was on the phone to the police reporting it.
"As he was doing that, my mobile rang and it was my uncle saying the farmer was trying to get in touch."
The farmer was trying to let them know that a ram had escaped from his field and broke into their house.
It is believed the animal saw its reflection in the patio door and, believing it to be another ram, charged.
After getting inside the ram continued to attack things.
"The ram was with his mate in a field when he must have got spooked,” said farmer Frank Cleary, according to The Telegraph.
“He ran off down a ginnel and I went after with my stick and got him at the back of one of the houses.
"Then he saw his own reflection and, thinking it was another ram, started charging through the doors and into the kitchen.
"I followed him in where he also saw his reflection in the oven door and the television, but I eventually managed to get him out. The ram is OK. There wasn't a scratch on him.
"It is coming into the breeding season, and they can get a bit more agitated at that time."
Paula Smith said the house smelled bad because of the mess the animal had left and she had to throw out her living room rug.
"The carpets have to be replaced, because we can't get the stains out, half of the range cooker we can't use because the door's wrecked and the hob doesn't work. The patio door can't be replaced for another month.
"We've had to board it up, but because it's been raining it's damp and that smells now too.
"It's going to be a big job to sort out because the walls will need replastering because of the way the door was damaged.”
It is expected that the farmer’s insurance will cover the repairs.
Tim Price, of NFU Mutual, the company handling the claim, said that it is common for rams to attack shiny items at this time of year. He said cars parked by fields or in moorland often ended up dented when the animals see their reflection in a mirror or a hub cab.
The Smiths had just finished cleaning their house, as they had guests coming from Australia for their daughter’s wedding, but they are able to laugh about what happened.
“It was an unfortunate one-off, and we're just glad that there was nobody in because if it can come through toughened patio door glass, and through furniture, then it wouldn't have stopped for a mere person,” Paula added.
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