Natural Cow Lives

"Cows are intelligent animals who enjoy challenges and feel excitement when they finish a task or use their intellect to overcome an obstacle. UK scientists observing cows' behaviour have demonstrated that "[their] brainwaves showed their excitement; their heartbeat went up and some even jumped in the air. We called it their Eureka moment." - Professor Donald Broom, Cambridge University [1].

Cows would naturally live in small herds with a hierarchy, and have complex social interactions, including friendships [2]. Each cow can recognise more than 100 members of their own herd, and relationships can be very important to them.

Cows’ behavioural needs include grazing for about eight hours a day, as well as social behaviours. At the most basic level, a cow also needs freedom of movement to stand, walk, lie down, feed and drink.


References

  1. Leake J. (2005). The secret life of cows. http://www.rense.com/general63/cows.htm, accessed 30 Nov. 2017.
  2. Marino L. & Allen K. (2017). The psychology of cows. Animal Behavior and Cognition4(4), 474-498.