Today researchers are trying to formulate what exactly cows are saying when they moo. This helps them to understand more deeply about how cows communicate with each other.
Jared Decker, a cattle geneticist at the University of Missouri says that “I can’t translate cow moos into English, but there are certain times when you can tell when the cattle are communicating with one another.”
Reasons behind mooing that you will find amusing–
- Finding friends – Cows moo in order to find new friends when they go to a new location. When cows are shifted to a new environment then they moo and figure out their surroundings. Mooing is the way of their investigating. Cows like plain and boring routines but given a chance they also like to explore new lands with their friends.
- In search of a boyfriend – When cows enter into her breeding period, she gets very local. They don’t want to wait around for one so they let bulls know via mooing that they are ready to make calves.
- In search of their calf or their mother – When a mother cow is not able to find her calf then she makes a loud, high pitched moo call. When their calves are close a significant decrease in frequency of their moo has been noticed. Calves moo when they need milk and also when they need their mother. Moms and babies recognize each other voices.
- I’m hungry – Cows moo when they are hungry. This time, their call is for the farmer to give them some hay. They will complain if their stomach is empty.
- Want to be milked – Cows are very generous animals. They don’t demand anything except for punctual milking schedules. If one is not punctual and goes few hours late then they become all cranky and start mooing telling to hurry up.
- Time to play – Cows have their playtime. They like to play with other cows. Cows will playfully moo when they are head butting with each other or when they are jumping around.
So be it cow-municating or Com’moo’nicating, we know now why do cows moo.
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Pritam is pursuing engineering and is an intern at NewsGram. Twitter handle: @pritam_gogreen