6-7-19 what's this number 20 cow tail holder

The most recent What’s This picture seemed to fool our readers again as no submissions were sent in guessing what the pronged metal contraption was used for.

Gloria Palmer from Madison, Wis., who sent in the image, said it is a cow tail holder.

“When you squeeze the two handles at the bottom both ends open up. The pear-shaped end surrounds the cow’s leg and the pincher looking end holds the cow tail switch. Release handle and both ends closed and now the tail is being held to the leg,” Palmer wrote in her email.

While modern-day cow tail holders look a tad more economical, Palmer said the contraption was good enough to stop dirty tails from whipping you in the face.