Photo Essay: Cow-Play in the Alps

Karen Kindler

By Karen Kindler
Written on 23 July 2008
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In the absence of their 'man', milk cows in the Austrian Alps amuse themselves as best they can.

Who's the Boss(y)?

Who's the Boss(y)?

Austrian cow-play, phase I

Hiking on a warm summer afternoon in the Austrian Alps near St Johann, we spotted a commotion in a pen of cattle. Two or three milk cows seemed to be herding one of their fellow ladies while another of the ladies jumped up for a ride. Was this an exercise in establishing social ranking, an attempt to ease aching udders, a commentary on bovine sexuality, or just plain boredom? Clearly, it wasn't just one bully and her hench-women in the crowd, because the rider soon became the ridden ...

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