Even if you haven’t been able to spend time with a cow, once you witness them in action, you can tell they are extremely intelligent and emotional animals. Cows, just like humans, have best friends. Studies have shown that when cows are with their best friends, their stress levels decrease and when separated from them, their stress levels increase. Sounds pretty familiar, huh? Like humans, cows seek pleasure and love to play. When let outside after being cooped up for too long, cows run, prance, and jump with joy. Cows also have strong maternal bonds and are attentive, protective, and loving parents.
So, it comes as no surprise that when Moo, a rescued cow living at Farm Sanctuary, was having a tough time with arthritis, his cow friends were right by his side for support.
One day, during a routine pasture check, Farm Sanctuary staff realized Moo was down. They rushed to his side and then were quickly surrounded by Moo’s steer friends. Each and every cow member came to check on their fallen friend to make sure he was okay. That’s true friendship!
The cows instinctively knew that the Farm Sanctuary staff were there to help their friend and thankfully, Moo was back on his feet within the hour. Seeing how these amazing animals express their love for their friends and family really makes you wonder, why we would subject them to a horrific life in a factory farm?
Cows are just like our cats and dogs. They crave affection and enjoy building bonds and relationships with others – no matter the species. Sadly, because cows and other farm animals are typically considered “food,” they are treated like commodities rather than individuals. Most never get to experience the incredible bonds of family or friendship. Instead, they are subjected to a life filled with fear, stress, and sadness – but we can change that.
Please share this post with your friends and family so that they too can see that cows are not much different from the cats and dogs they share their homes with. You can also learn more about these amazing animals by visiting one of the many animal sanctuaries where cows get to live in peace. You may even get a cow kiss!
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