Some Lighter Moos

September 1, 2008

Just for your aMOOsement, we bring you a roundup of funny cow MOOs from around the nation and the world.

First is a story from the interestingly-named Colorado town of Hygiene, where a cow named Apple BULLED a bear out of her pasture! The cow and the young black bear eyeballed each other at first, and then the bear climbed the apple tree which Apple, the cow, is named after. When the cow objected, the bear scampered away from her pasture.

According to witnesses, the two actually touched noses and inspected each other before Apple chased the bear to the fence line. We guess bears are tough but know better than to tangle with a 1,200-pound heifer! At the link you can see a great picture of Apple and her bear-buddy.

Next we have the New York State Fair. As we know from our own local fairs, they usually have farm-related events. This year’s New York Fair had a theme of the cow jumping over the moon, and featured a MOOsive butter sculpture weighing 900 pounds! The sculpture showcased the cow jumping the moon, plus the other elements of the ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ nursery rhyme – dish, spoon, and little dog.

The sculpture took three artists ten days to make inside a refrigerated dairy case at the Fair. After the Fair is over, rather than being thrown out and wasted, for the first time this year the leftover butter will be turned into biodiesel fuel! This article explains how the oils and the fats in the butter will be transformed into more than 90 gallons of biodiesel, thus making it an eco-friendly… giant… butter… cow sculpture.

MOOving on! In Ireland, where cows are big business, a working heifer just won the title of Ireland’s best cow with the help of a tail toupee! Lumville Danois 2 won Bailey’s Champion All-Ireland Dairy Cow Championship at the Virginia Show with a hair piece on her tail. The proud bovine was not cheating, however – such enhancements are entirely legal in the cut-throat world of Irish cow judging. The cow, whose day job is providing cream for Irish Cream liqueur, earned 2,000 Euros for her owners.

And closer to home, with the news that cows might be returning to graze on San Bruno Mountain. It seems that without grazing by either deer or cattle (who used to graze on the mountainside for many years), non-native weeds are pushing out the native grasses that provide habitat for the endangered butterflies that live on San Bruno Mountain. A new plan has been proposed that would return cows to the mountain for the first time in 50 years, with the aim of expanding the grasslands and restoring habitat.

It seems like COWs solve lot’s of problems.!

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