Herd Instinct

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The other day I noticed a new calf (black object lying on ground) had been born the night before to one of my brother in laws cows. As I took a couple of pictures of them...
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I notice the mother's attention was suddenly drawn to something off to my right. It was a large dog trotting by the edge of the pasture. In the picture below I've 'inset' the cow and calf...
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Immediately all the other cattle got up from their resting spots and gathered around the newborn and the mother kept glancing back at the newborn calf...
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To them all dogs are wolves. The dog kept going on its way but I thought the instinct the cows displayed was interesting.
Jarrell
 
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Ottawa, Ontario
Cool shots Jarrell.

The other fun behaviour with cows is watching them leave their calves in a kind of creche with just two or three mothers looking after a group of about 10 or so calves. That's when you can get really anthropomorphic about it as you see the calves acting like little kids - running, playing, misbehaving - and the mothers acting like harried, hassled mothers everywhere.

Neil
 
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