What A Cow Would Do That a Sane Person Would Not Do

As you will see here, the cows’ sense of time and relative physical space is different from humans. Except for the “cow talk” below, if humans did similar things, they would be considered insane. What cows do notice is grass, other cows, humans, open space. But do they notice sunsets?

Above. The white cow was behind the sign and then decides to walk between the hotel sign and its fence and approach directly towards me.

The above is an example of a cow’s perception of open space. Turn up the volume and listen to the cows. At the end of one video, I say, “Oh, my God!”

During the first few seconds of this video, I got preoccupied while I filmed the calves, so I didn’t see the big white cow was behind the sign and then decides to walk between the hotel sign and its fence and approach directly towards me! Then I stepped back to let the cows pass. In the next video, the cows just walked over where I once stood.

The cow did not do what humans usually do; that is, if given a choice, a human would pass through a larger open space before moving through a smaller, more cramped space.  Of put it the opposite way, the cow just walked into the narrower of the two areas, what a sane human would not do.

So the cow did not yield to me; I had to yield to it. It almost pretended I was not there. Here is another example of where I was noticed, then I was ignored.

Above. I heard the locals have a conversation, and every few minutes, this cow would “moo.” For the next 90 minutes, this cow kept on with the same “mooing” sound.

The Chain Reaction, and Then the Ignore

Perhaps there were security cameras around. Maybe people were working in the area, but at this moment in the “research” center, no other human was in sight: things went in slow motion. At a research station characterized by lots of greenery and birds, where animals outnumber humans by 50 to 1, I approach a chain-link fence. Contained inside the fence were three cows. As the fence was the only thing between the cows and me, I walked up to the three cows, and I was four feet away from the one cow.

That cow (cow one) that looked at me was the closest to me. A second later, the one next to that cow (cow two) looked at me, and then a second later, the cow next to that cow (cow three) looked at me. I could see the cows’ chain reactions: cow one noticed me. Cow two noticed cow one who noticed me, then cow two notices me. Cow three noticed cow two who noticed me, then cow three notices me.

Then, they ignored me and went back to graze, which is their primary daytime activity, which becomes even a social activity, the cow equivalent to two men from the United States who want to meet up for a beer.

Cow Talk Equivalent for “Do You Want to Grab a Beer?”

While the shoreline is 50 feet away, a long stretch of a two-lane gravel road is generally devoid of people or “eyes on the street.” However, about every five minutes, persons on a motorcycle or bicycle pass through.

This time, the cows and I were in front of the research center, so no other human was around except for me, and I was 150 feet away from the two cows who eventually bumped into each other. One cow walked one way, while another cow came from the opposite direction. Then, one cow said one or two low sounding slow loud, “moo,” which communicated, “stay here with me, and we’ll graze together.”

Five seconds later, I see them turn off the gravel road and onto a grassy area, and while the sun was setting, graze together for at least the next twenty minutes, as I wonder how automatic certain routines become?

Above and below. The following set of ten pictures is a procession of cows. Photos shown are in the order that the cows were seen.

Above and below two photos. In this case, the calves do not individually walk with their parent.

The Same Tree to Eat Off Of

Because one day, for a period of four to five days, a lone cow walked around the same time to the same tree to munch on it. The cow would stick its tongue and only munch on leaves at the height of its head, while it stood upright. After a few days, I wonder if the cow just got bored from eating from the same tree. Maybe it does not care where exactly it goes, whether a resort or a farm, as long as there is grass in front of them, water to drink, and other cows around.

Above. One minute, at the “research” center, there is an empty lawn area.
Above. Another minute, at the same center, the cows are brought in to graze on the grass.
Above. Notice this photo compared to the previous. What is the difference? When the cows are herded, sometimes, each calf walks with his or her parent. Other times, the calves walk with each other and go to the back of the herd. In this case, when the herd was arriving at this very location, the calves were at the back of the herd, and were brought onto the lawn after the cows. The two calves shown here are not grazing but sitting around.

Graze Over Here and Then Over There

For example, I sit in the patio area, and I picture an empty lawn area.  Minutes later, there are cows on the lawn.  Half an hour after that, the cows, which are substitutes for machine work or human labor, get herded to another place to graze the grass.

Now, we move to an animal much smaller than a calf, that have almost opposing qualities.  See Chapter 10-1: Birds Take Turns to Pick Up Food.


  1. This Side of the Hemisphere: Easy Access to Wildlife
  2. Saved by a Tin Bag
  3. Revenge of the Jungle Ants
  4. The Bird from Heaven
  5. The “Research” Center
  6. TBD
  7. What A Cow Would Do That a Sane Person Would Not Do
  8. What Stands Around A Lot and Is Ready to Strike?
  9. Wild Horses that Try to Mind Their Own Business
  10. Birds Take Turns to Pick Up Food
  11. TBD
  12. The Dizzying Calls of This “Concert” Bird
  13. The Birds That Keep Their Distance
  14. TBD
  15. TBD

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