Cattle Mourn The Loss of Their Matriarch

KRoss By KRoss, 2nd Jan 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is a personal experience I had when one of the cows died in a small herd of cattle we had in a pasture near my home. It was incredible to watch the scene unfold and the respect shown the old leader of their herd.

How Animals Teach Us About Love, Life, and Even Dignity and Honor in Dealth

A few years ago in late spring one of the family’s older mother cows suddenly became ill. My brother-in-law doctored her every day and once she got down and couldn’t get back up, we hauled her feed and water twice a day for four days but unfortunately, she lost the battle. What ensued over those few days and the following couple of days inspired everyone involved, and a few neighbors that took the time to notice.

The Illness Strikes

When the cow first got sick the other cows were more interested in their grazing and none of them paid much attention. Similar to when we catch a cold or other bug. People ignore us in hopes they don't get it. But once she was sick enough she had to lay down at least one other cow was always with her. No matter what one or two others were always nearby. Their nearness seemed to provide her comfort. The sicker she became, the more cows stayed near her. She was never alone.

Lessons in Death

I was not home when the old girl finally lost the battle. I had carried her feed and water but then had to run to town on a quick errand. I knew the moment I drove by headed back home. We only had roughly 50 head of cattle in that pasture but at least 40 of them were gathered around her. They stayed gathered around her for over an hour. Afterward the main group slowly disbursed but small groups of two or three would gather around her through the day to pay their respects to their fallen matriarch. One or two stayed nearby at all times but through the course of the day the entire herd came from all corners of the ranch to gather round her as though they were gathering round a loved one at a memorial service. At first they would tenderly nuzzle her still body. But as the day wore on they would simply come and stand near her or file by similar to humans walking past the casket and family members at a funeral. It was a silent example of honor and respect shared by animals that most people never witness. Those few of us fortunate enough to have experienced such a gift first hand and realized what was going on will never look at livestock the same.

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author avatar KRoss
I'm a Colorado native that moved to TX & OK but came back to CO to raise my daughter. I love the Lord, my family, horses, dogs, watching elk out my kitchen window, & writing about all of my loves.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
2nd Jan 2013 (#)

I believe all creatures have feelings and show them accordingly. I enjoyed this write .
By the way I left a comment on one of your pages,but something went wrong so please ignore it or delete .
God bless you .
Stella

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author avatar KRoss
2nd Jan 2013 (#)

Stella, I totally agree. I am surrounded by animals and everyone of them has emotions and show them a wide variety of ways. I'm writing about my blind dog right now & can't wait to get it up here and see what you and the others think.
God Bless,
Kristi

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Jan 2013 (#)

I have seen elephants showing respect and mourning their dead long after they are gone. These clearly show our fellow travelers deserve as much respect from us as we give to our own as they have similar feelings - siva

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author avatar KRoss
2nd Jan 2013 (#)

I have heard about them honoring the bones of long dead members. Isn't that incredible. They teach us so much if we will just take the time to watch. listen, and learn.
Thank you, Kristi

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author avatar vpaulose
2nd Jan 2013 (#)

Thank you dear for this post dear Ross. Wish you a Happy New Year.

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author avatar KRoss
2nd Jan 2013 (#)

Dear VPaulose, Thank you for taking the time to read my work and for appreciating it. I am humbled and honored to have people enjoying my posts.
Thank you and God Bless,
Kristi

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author avatar Mika
2nd Jan 2013 (#)

Hey were wanting to eat her.
NO just kidding. Animals tell us all the time that they have emotions, some people just don't take the time to notice.

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author avatar KRoss
3rd Jan 2013 (#)

That is so true Mika.
Thank you for your comments.
Mom

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