clearly this is the last place i should be posting this...i have issues
BOXER PUPPY GREETED BY HERD OF COWS
Jazz for Cows
The Cows Did What?
When we think of curiosity in the animal kingdom, chimpanzees,
along with elephants and dolphins, may leap to mind first — the species
most widely understood to be clever. Intelligence and curiosity go
together, after all.
But curiosity expressed by clever cows?
a new book I am just starting to write, I'm researching ways in which
scientists study the cognition and emotion of animals ranging from
octopuses to goats — and cows. Mostly, I read scientific journals and
talk to people with years of experience observing and/or caring for
But there is a supplemental source of material
is fun to dip into: video clips! They can offer hints about animal
thinking, feeling and, in the two cases I'll present here (with thanks
to friends who posted them on Facebook), cow curiosity. Neither clip is
new, but both are new to me.
In the first case, a six-month-old
boxer dog out walking with her human companion in England encounters a
herd of cows. The cows react with keen interest (and the dog gets points
for remaining calm while subjected to a startling quantity of cow
In the second case, an American jazz band makes a spontaneous roadside
stop in France to play for some cows. Again we see bovine curiosity,
this time at the sound of music or at the sight of instrument-toting
musicians, or both.
Cows, as we know all too well by now, suffer badly — both physically and emotionally — in factory farms (documented by and the , among others).
It's fabulous to see them out in the fresh air, exploring and experiencing what the world has to offer.