This guy made me laugh so much today that I just had to share him with you all.
Meet Jovi. He's an approximately 7 month old holstein steer calf, and boy does he have a personality xD
I'm not a huge fan of cows and I don't tend to do anything with them other than help friends with branding/vaccinating time, but this guy is just halarious. We bought him at auction to use him in our therapy program and petting zoo, so he's the first cow I've really socialized with. I thought I'd just share a few of his little quirks with you all.
First off, he thinks its his job to 'help' us clean. It doesn't matter what we're doing, he wants to help. Spreading pine chips in his pen? He'll sneak mouthfulls of it from the wheelbarrow or bag and spew it all over the place, then come back for more. I was so scared he was going to eat the chips but no, he just thinks that if he's going to make a mess, he might as well help me clean it up. After he took the entire bag and went running, leaping, and bucking all over the place with it in his mouth, I finally gave up and let him 'help' me xD
Then the water bucket. In the photo above, he was oh-so kindly helping one of our volunteers scrub his water bucket, by attempting to take her brush and scrub, pick up the water bucket with his mouth and flip it like we do, and use the hose to rinse both the bucket, us, himself, and any other animal in sight! LOL Today he kept trying to take the brush and getting in our way, so we decided to put his helpfulness to a task. We lured him behind the bucket so that he was standing behind it, then propped the bucket against him and he 'held' it for us while we rinsed it out! XD
But he's also very...odd. He, ofcourse, was a bottle, then pan baby- but he has this infatuation with licking and sucking on things O_o bracelets, fence posts, brushes, brooms, you name it. So today I was scratching him and not paying attention, and he grabs ahold of my fingers and starts sucking on them. I immediately started laughing (should have scolded him, bad me!) but didn't try to remove my hand...second mistake. Nex thing I know, I feel him gulping and he has SWALLOWED my hand all the way up to my wrist, and he's still trying to take more of it! Nastiest feeling ever. I ended up just standing there, not sure if I should laugh or cry, trying to decide how to get my hand out without damaging his throat. I ended up slowly edging it out and giving him a firm whack, but GEEZ that was not expected! I don't know if I even should have smacked him or not. Can you reprimind them like with horses? Crazy cow! O_o
Needless to say we have a lot of training to do before he's therapy ready. Don't want him trying to swallow anyone else's hand, or a tiny kid's head! LOL
What about you guys? Have you had a pet cow? Has it done anything just plain weird? I want to hear it!