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Discussion in 'Other Animals' started by Josie, Sep 24, 2018.
Loved it! Thats one happy cow lol
It really is! And genuinely having fun playing fetch! Ha
That's so mad! This cow is having so much fun, acting like a dog! That's brightened up my day!
Nope, she’s being a cow, not being a cow “acting like a dog”, LOL.
It’s just that so few ppl give COWS any opp to play - they have no environmental enrichment, no objects to interact with (parking Ag machinery in the paddock or the pasture is actually a terrible practice, cows get sliced by harrow edges or impaled by hay-rakes commonly), & in general, their surroundings are boring, & barren of interesting things to do.
A back-scratcher, a wallow to cool in, low-flow showers to cool off or bathe under, drinking water supplied by a spigot they can press with their chins that dispenses into a shallow bowl, shade trees that are fenced to protect trunk & roots but have wide canopies to throw shade for resting, an indestructible large ball such as given to elephants in zoos, DUST BOWLS of sand to “ bathe” in, overhead objects to butt or mouth on rafter-mounted tethers, vertical brushes to walk thru (resembling gates), varying terrain, etc, are all things cattle enjoy as much as dogs enjoy a ball to chase, a bumper to fetch, a buddy to romp with.
Giving cattle ways to control their own comfort (self-applying a nontoxic insect repellent?...) empowers them, & gives them STUFF TO DO.
A barren pasture is better than 24/7 confinement in a closed building, but it’s not optimal. Optimal allows the ANIMAL to act on the environs. Cows do have brains, & stimulation is good for all species.
That is really cool, obviously I know that zoo animals and pet animals get environmental enrichment (or should get it i should say) but i never thought that cows would interact with things like this! Like you said they're just used for meat and milk so don't usually get a chance, more cows should get to live like this!!!