A Photo a Week Challenge: Livestock

Highlander cow

While visiting Scotland, we really wanted to meet some highland cows (or as my sister calls them, “heelund coos”). And did we ever meet them. Our first encounter was with a small group of cows on the single lane track road we had to take to one of our hotels. There was a rather large cow standing in the middle of a bridge we had to cross. Not knowing if the cows are aggressive (they aren’t) or if this one would take it in her head to use her horns against the car (she didn’t), we proceeded with great caution. As we inched closer, she obligingly, but very slowly, moved out of our way. Later, we met up with a couple of heelunders near some standing stones (this picture is of one of them), and we soon had plenty of pictures of these beautiful animals.


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45 thoughts on “A Photo a Week Challenge: Livestock”

    1. The cows were amazing. So passive, we could walk right up to them. We didn’t pet them or touch them (that would have reeked havoc with coming back through customs), but I don’t think they would’ve minded if we had tried. 😉

    1. Even out in the “wild” of an open pasture, these beauties are still docile and slow moving. Of course, we didn’t come across a bull, which might have been a different matter all together. 😉

    1. Thanks! She was very sweet. The owners of the castle hotel we stayed in also own the coos and said that the females have the horns and shaggy hair. They cut the horns off the males (I hope it doesn’t hurt them). I don’t know if it’s so they can tell them from the females or so they don’t goar anything or anyone with them. The females were so passive, but the males might be more aggressive.

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