Can there be such a thing as cow boredom?
I have a special fondness for cows. My grandparents were dairy farmers, so as a child I had ample opportunity to watch cows’ inaction. And no, that is not a typo. Once you get beyond the constant chewing and tail switching along with their incredibly large and friendly looking (think oversized dog) tongue that likes to snake out and wrap around the top of their nose, they just don’t do much.
Oh sure, they make a mean cow pie. And, if you catch them in a rare frisky moment, they can and do generate laughs as they gambol about with endearingly awkward abandon (video). But on the whole, the placidity with which they spend their days ambling around, eating and re-chewing grass (they have that whole second stomach regurgitation thing going on) or just staring off into the distance — is nothing short of nap inducing.
So, watching this video came as something of a surprise:
I didn’t remember the cows of my childhood as being quite so curious. My first thought was to shrug off this curiosity of the musician playing as just being a “musical thing”. Or a peculiar sort of “these cows” thing.
Then I saw this video:
And yeah, this could just be a dog thing. Or a “these cows” thing. Or a “this dog looks like a small calf ” thing…
But I’m beginning to wonder. Could my childish memories be all wrong? Could I have actually misread these seemingly curious creatures? Could it be that the serene disinterest shown me by the cows of my childhood was due to my inability to measure up to their entertainment standards?
Could I have been the cause of cow boredom?
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