Highland cows are just about the coolest cows in the world, and nothing you can say will change our minds. Their bright orange fur and huge horns can be seen from a mile away. And though they’re a little scary, Highland Cows are also – in their own way – super cute.
Don’t get us wrong, you wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of a Highland Cow, but if they love you, then they’re going to show you exactly just how much they do.
The proof is in this next video, which shows a Highland Cow in a totally different light to how we normally see them. As the cow sits patiently and lets his owner brush his fur, he actually seems to be enjoying the whole thing! And he can’t resist giving his owner a loving hug. We’re not kidding!
According to Hedricks, “Scottish Highland Cattle are most easily recognizable by their long, shaggy double coat. Their outer hair may grow to 13 inches long, and it is well-oiled to shed precipitation. This oil helps the Highlands to be less affected by the snow and rain by reducing the amount that is able to saturate their coat.
The inner layer of hair is a soft undercoat which insulates the Highland’s body and keeps them warm in the extreme temperatures of the Scottish Highlands.”
Their thick, long fur means that they need to be groomed like a long- furred pet would need to be, in order to keep it sleek and tangle-free.
In a video posted on YouTube by Hamish and Kyloe, we can see Hamish the cow being given a grooming by his owner. The thought of grooming a Highland Cow is a little terrifying to us, as five minutes of grooming our cat is enough to put us in grave danger.
But Highland cows need grooming like other animals owing to their long fur – and what’s more, Hamish actually seems to be enjoying himself.
As his owner gently brushes through his fur, Hamish closes his eyes and smiles- if cows can smile- quite happily. He then rests his head affectionately on top of his owner’s, as if to say, “I love you!”
This may be a little surprising to see, as Highland Cows don’t appear on the surface to be the most loving of animals – and a lot of their habits are in fact determined by power.
According to Animalia, “Highland cattle live within a hierarchy system, where individuals are ranked, depending on age and sex. Older ones dominate younger ones and males dominate females.
In addition, young males begin to dominate adult females, reaching the age of approximately 2 years. Calves, born from the top ranking cow, automatically get higher position in the herd, even without their mother’s initiative.”
But with that being said, these cows can still develop a soft spot for their owners, and although huge in size, Hamish is acting like a big puppy!
This video is proof that just about every animal loves to be petted – despite their huge horns or intimidating exterior. Watch it for yourself below.
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