After 20 barrels of natural gas condensate spilled near a tributary of the Little Missouri River, regulators were on the hunt for the culprit. Turns out, it was just a cow.

According to The Bismarck Tribune, regulators say a wayward cow rubbed up against a tank valve on Tuesday, causing the natural gas spill, near Sully Creek.

Cleanup is officially underway and booms have been put in Sully Creek as a precaution.

So, let this be a lesson to all of you: If you're ever looking for a scapegoat, just blame the cow.

ALWAYS BLAME THE COW.

[The Bismarck Tribune]