Today is Cow Appreciation Day and if you have never given much thought to how wonderful cows are, now is a great time to start. Cows are gentle animals who are affectionate, emotional and intelligent. Mahatma Gandhi described a cow as “a poem of compassion.” Cows are certainly deserving of our compassion as well as our understanding and respect. Before I became vegan, I didn’t know much about cows. I had only seen one once; after all, I was a city girl.
When I visited a farmed animal sanctuary, I was amazed at how beautiful, serene and at peace these once abused but now fortunate animals were. Getting up close and personal with a cow and touching her was an emotional experience for me. As I gently stroked her head with my hand, I looked into the cow’s eyes and apologized for my past behavior of eating meat and dairy and for not appreciating her rightful place on this planet alongside me. Today I not only appreciate cows but I love them. My blog even has a spokes-cow named Trudy. If you don’t know much about our bovine friends, here are 10 things about cows that may astound you:
1. Cows are Smart
The idea that cows are dumb is a myth. Cows are actually very intelligent, curious and able to think critically and solve problems. Studies have shown that cows are capable of learning associations and using past experiences to determine their future actions. When faced with a challenge, cows get very excited with elevated heart rates and brainwaves. Some cows even jump in the air as if they are yelling, “I did it!”
2. Cows Remember Everything
If you find yourself in the presence of a cow, be nice to her because she will remember you. Cows have great memories and are very good at remembering and recognizing faces even after long periods of time. Cows also have good spatial memory. They can remember where things are located such as food, water, shelter, best grazing spots and most importantly, the location of their babies.
3. Cows are Highly Emotional
4. Cows Form Close Friendships
5. Cows Can Be Popular
6. Cows Love Their Babies
7. Cows Grieve Deeply
8. Cows Say More Than Moo
9. Cows are Affectionate and Forgiving
10. Cows Can Live Up to 20 Years
Now that you know so much about cows, be sure to go meet one. Visit one of the many animal sanctuaries where cows get to live in peace and safety and maybe even give one a belly rub. I promise it will be a “moo-ving” experience.
Lead Image Source: Rhea Parsons