cruised into the 21st century when these bold thieves backed their tiny car up to a cow in the street and stole it.
Extraordinary CCTV footage shows the rustlers backing their five-door hatchback - no bigger than a Volkswagen Polo - onto a drive in Chennai, India.
A black heifer-sized cow is seen grazing on a stretch of domestic lawn nearby.
One of the men emerges from the back of the car and appears to tempt the animal
With the cow's head inches from the open back door, the man grabs its head and starts pulling while his accomplice emerges from the passenger seat and starts pushing from behind.
It takes only 15 seconds for the pair to squeeze the beast onto the back seat, close the door - after a few attempts - and then drive away.
Cattle slaughter has been illegal in Chennai - part of Tamil Nadu - since 1976, but eating beef is not banned.
It is thought the cow was stolen to be sold on or simply to feed desperate families.