Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Cows Know Their Directions

Study Shows Cows Have Innate Sense of Direction
Tuesday , August 26, 2008

Somehow, cattle seem to know how to find north and south, say researchers who studied satellite photos of thousands of cows around the world.

Most cattle that were grazing or resting tended to align their bodies in a north-south direction, a team of German and Czech researchers reports in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

And the finding held true regardless of what continent the cattle were on, according to the study led by Hynek Burda and Sabine Begall of the faculty of biology at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

"The magnetic field of the Earth has to be considered as a factor," the scientists said. Read More

While this is a little off the subject of what I normally post, if thought it was interesting. I don’t know if they are right about their findings, but I might have to pay attention next time I’m out looking at cattle.

1 comment:

lightninboy said...

If cows have it, isn't it likely that other animals have it too?