C is for Cows
This is a handsome ‘Heeland Coo’ (Highland Cow for those who don’t speak Scottish!) by Arran Moffat on Flikr.
People tend to view cows as placid, stupid creatures without much personality.
In fact they are capable of the same level of intelligence as a dog. In one study they were challenged in tests to find a way of opening a door to get to food – the electroencephalographs connected to them showed that they were elated by their success, some even jumped in the air in triumph.
Cows have good memories (essential for intelligence) and will carry a grudge against a cow or person they don’t like for years. But they also have personal friends among the herd, that they like to be with.
When a cow’s calf is taken away she will cry for days – this is a sound I dread, living in the country, it is heartbreaking.
They have panoramic vision – which means even if they are looking away from you, unless you are standing right behind them, they can see you.
When they lie down, cows seem to align their bodies north/south – which has to be helpful if you are ever lost!
When they lie down and sleep, they dream, but when they stand up and sleep, they don’t.
And – cows in different areas of the country moo in different accents!
Dear Highland ‘coo’
with soft brown eyes,
chewing the cud
under blue skies,
and sweet grass sighs,
swishing your tail
at pesky flies,
your moos are Scottish
as ‘och ayes’!
Poem © Liz Brownlee
Photo © Arran Moffat
Information from OneKind.
I should point out that cows in the UK are kept in fields. In the US, many are treated very differently. You can read about that here:
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