Cattle Calls

I read where a couple of scientists at the University of Nottingham and Queen Mary University of London have recorded proof that cows and calves actually ‘talk’ to each other, thus exploding the myth that they are "dumb" animals lacking consciousness or feelings.

Using highly-sensitive audio equipment, extensive recordings were made of the vocalizations of cows and calves. Analysis of the data took a year to complete.

Dr. Monica Padilla de la Torre, who led the research, summarized the findings thusly; ”The research shows for the first time that mother-offspring cattle 'calls' are individualized -- each calf and cow have a characteristic and exclusive call of their own.  Calves calling out to their mothers had three types of calls that were individualized, enabling mother cows to identify which calf was calling.”

I’m all for valid research that sheds light on the world we live in, but, in this instance, I take exception to the statement — research shows for the first time that mother-offspring cattle 'calls' are individualized

cow calf

In the late 1930’s. My Uncle Gustave taught me that same basic concept by pointing out how each calf would easily pair up with its dam.  I’m guessing that this knowledge was also available to ancient herdsman soon after cattle were first domesticated over 8000 years ago.  Any observant person that works with animals - livestock, horses, pets - will soon realize they are sentient beings.

I’m also curios to know how much this research cost.

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