Photo Essay: Cow-Play in the Alps

Karen Kindler

By Karen Kindler
Written on 23 July 2008

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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