By Kelly Behr
Native Foods Cafe
In preparation in doing some rad things with Farm Sanctuary I was able to take a tour of the location in Acton, CA, about an hour outside of LA. They gave me a private tour which means tons of one on one time with the animals, which for me, was the best day ever!
My first and favorite group of animals was the cows. I love cows for many reasons. They are large, magnificent animals that are the so gentle and affectionate. I met the group of steers who have made farm sanctuary their beloved home, free from the threat of becoming someone's dinner.
I bonded with a cow named William and had a baby steer follow me all the way down the hill when we were leaving.... mooing at us, it was the sweetest thing ever.
What makes cows so cool? Here are some other fun facts:
- Cows are social animals, and they naturally form large herds. And like people, they will make friends and bond to some herd members, while avoiding others
- Cows can hear lower and higher frequencies better than humans.
- An average dairy cow weighs about 1,200 pounds.
- The average cow chews at least 50 times per minute.
- The typical cow stands up and sits down about 14 times a day.
- An average cow has more than 40,000 jaw movements in a day.
- Cows actually do not bite grass; instead they curl their tongue around it.
- Cows have almost total 360-degree panoramic vision.
- Cows have a single stomach, but four different digestive compartments.
- Cows are pregnant for 9 months just like people
- Cows spend 8 hours per day eating, 8 hours chewing her cud (regurgitated, partially digested food), and 8 hours sleeping
- You can lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs. Cows knees can’t bend properly to walk downstairs.
- Cows can’t vomit
I think if my living conditions allowed I would have a pet cow, but for now my cat will remain an only child in my Chicago apartment. And in case you were not convinced that cows are one of the coolest creatures around....maybe buzz feed can help!