Science Reveals Cow and Calf Conversations

According to Science World Report, scientists have been eavesdropping on cows and their calves in an attempt to understand how they communicate with each other.

The author explains, “Scientists have long thought that cows use individualized calls to communicate with each other. In order to find out whether this was the case or not, though, the researchers spent ten months studying the ways cows communicate with their young, examining acoustic indicators of identity and age.

The researchers have identified two distinct calls from mother cows: a low frequency call that they use when they are close to their calves, and a louder, “much higher frequency call that they use when they are separated from them.

According to the researchers themselves, “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.”

Cows are extremely social animals, and the bonds between them and their calves are especially strong.

This is one of the many reasons the dairy industry is so incredibly cruel. Cows are routinely separated from their newborn calves only hours after they’re born so farmers can take their milk. Cows have been reported to bellow for days in distress over their stolen babies.

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