Monday, September 24, 2012

cows babysitting

it is true. cows will babysit eachother's calves ... one cow will watch a group of calves while the other mothers grab a bite to eat somewhere else ... it is obvious when you see it, and a little unsettling too ...

what i want to know is...is picking the sitter a group decision? ...and do they take turns? or do, like, four cows run and the fifth cow not paying attention gets stuck with all the calves .... hahahahah

i suddenly feel like i am in a farside comic strip ...

well, it turns out that i have been seriouly slacking ... i only just counted the herd today, and i have been back for two weeks ... when in fact i should be counting the herd daily ... [the rancher's wife] says that once i begin counting everybody everyday, i will learn to recognize every animal, and know which calf belongs to which mother, who is missing, and who is the trouble maker, and who are best friends, etc...

i will investigate this cow babysitter selection process and report my findings.