Cows: You know them, you love them. But what makes a cow a cow? Read these 8 cow facts to learn more about these sensitive, sweet animals.
Cows are sweet, sensitive individuals who deserve kindness and respect.
8 Interesting Cow Facts You Might Not Know
Cows are one of the most common mammals in the world. But what do you really know about cows? Here are eight things you may not know about one of our favorite domesticated animals.
1. Cows Use Their Eyes to Express Emotion…
Have you ever made eye contact with a cow? If you have, you may know how they’re feeling. Our 2015 study shows that a cow’s eyes reveal how they feel. For instance, an increase in the whites of a cow’s eyes can be seen when they’re feeling scared or frustrated, while a decrease in the whites of a cow’s eyes occurs when they’re relaxed.
Cows’ ears going into a backward or hanging position when being pet shows that they love to be pet, and cows engage in physical connection with each other, too. Cows participate in cow licking--research has shown that cows who received licks from other cows had lower heart rates, implying relaxation. Cow licking is also thought to be a bonding mechanism.
4. Cows Have BFFs, Too
Just like humans, cows have best friends. Not only does companionship make cows happier, it also makes them smarter. A 2014 study showed that young calves who lived alone did not perform as well on cognitive tests as cows who lived with another cow.