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By Hannah Vainstein Nathan Hayden (05/18/09 23:55:27)
Related animal: Cow

A bit about cows:

In preparation for our Sedgewick trip Nathan and I have decided to look into cows so that we may do some collaboration with the cows on the reserve (which we did).

Cows are one of the first animals to be domesticated. The word cattle is a derivative of caput or movable property and chattel, a unit of personal property. It is also related to the word capital.

Cows are in many mythologies from the golden calf in the bible to the story of Europa who was taken away by Zeus disguised as a white bull In India cows are revered as part of the hindu religion.

In our research about cows Nathan and I looked into the work of Temple Granden a professer of animal science at Colorado State University and a designer of livestock handling facilities. Language according to Temple Grandin gets in the way of our communication with animals as she thinks they have sensory based thinking which she calls “thinking with the unconscious.” (This is Freud’s definition that she is referring to.) Temple Grandin’s noteworthy cow quotes: “Cows don’t like to be yelled at.” “Cows like to learn new things.” “animal feelings are the most important things to take care of.”

Cow Fun Facts:

Cows have a great sense of smell and hearing. They can smell up to 6 miles away.

It is very hard to sneak up on them because they have almost total 360-degree panoramic vision, but they are red green colorblind.

Cows take eggs from birds’ nests, But there is no certainty that they eat the eggs. This trait is shared with white tailed deer, red deer, caribou and sheep.

Cows supplie 90% of the world’s milk.

A cow chews her cud (regurgitated, partially digested food) for up to 8 hours each day.

A cow doesn't actually bite grass but instead it feeds by curling the tongue round the grass.

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