Cows can get aggressive and attack people if they are feeling threatened. Cows are listed among the top 11 animals most likely to kill you, even more likely than rattlesnakes, spiders and horses.
The reason a cow's attack is so dangerous is because of its size and power. On average, adult cows weigh over 1,000 pounds and measure more than five feet tall. They also have sharp hooves and horns and are extremely powerful when they are aggressive.
Due to cows traveling in herds, cow attacks are often the result of multiple cows attacking. To escape a cow attack, remain calm but move swiftly away from the herd. If there is another threat in the area, such as a predator, move away from the perceived threat.Learn More
Cows thrive best in temperate climates and open grasslands. They are descended from wild animals that once roamed North Africa, Europe, and South Asia, and they are adapted to life in regions with a similar climate. Some breeds, such as Highland cattle, are bred for colder temperatures, but cows tend to prefer warmer climates.Full Answer >
Cows are classified as mammals. A mammal is defined as an animal that possesses a backbone, hair, mammary glands, three inner ear bones and a neocortex. Most mammals also give birth to live young, save for the egg-laying monotremes.Full Answer >
Cows moo when they are scared or sense that something is wrong. Mothers and calves call to each other if separated. Hungry calves will call to attract the attention of their mothers. Cows also vocalize when they are coming into heat, presumably to attract the attention of a bull.Full Answer >
Cows across the world feed on different varieties of grains, typically corn in North America, while a small percentage eat grasses and forage. There is no such thing as a wild cow, meaning that every cow consumes a regulated diet according to the properties the rancher seeks to give the beef.Full Answer >