It looked like the cows could have been responsible for knocking the lamppost / street lamp askew. Maybe they did.
As I was writing the ‘Five Cows’ title, a book came into my mind – The Hawkline Monster by Richard Brautigan. It’s a kind of Western where the two cowboys are hired to find a monster that has ‘disappeared’ someone.
One of the cowboys has a habit of saying a number whenever they come across things.
So if it’s cows on the horizon he would say ‘five’. His partner got tired of it and then accepted it, then got sucked into trying to figure out what the number would relate to each time – something like that.
It’s a long time since I read the book, and that bit is just incidental to it. I recommend Richard Brautigan’s books – he wrote quite a few and there is lots to like.