March 4th, 2005

Don't mess with that cow!

The Register points us all at research from Bristol University that shows that cows have a "complex mental life in which they bear grudges, nurture friendships and become excited by intellectual challenges".

The report, apparently, has "documented how cows within a herd form friendship groups of between two and four animals with whom they spend most of their time, often grooming and licking each other. They will also dislike other cows, and can bear grudges for months or years".

Must remember to leave some copies of The Times crossword for the small herd of Jerseys behind my parent's house, and to smile sweetly as I go by...
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