Today’s cow is brought to you by the San Diego Zoo

My husband took a short trip to the mailbox this morning to collect the mail that accumulated in our mailbox during our vacation. Amid the large pile of bills, magazines, store flyers, credit card offers and junk mail, we found this beauty on the cover of the July 2011 of Zoonooz, the official magazine of the San Diego Zoo:

Gaur cow from the San Diego Zoo - July 2011 Zoonooz

Gaur cow from the San Diego Zoo - July 2011 Zoonooz

This is an Asian Gaur, officially named Bos frontalis gaurus. Very powerful looking, I’d stay away from this one. Inside the monthly magazine I found one more photo of a gaur, with the familiar hump over its shoulders, as part of an article appropriately named “You big bovid, you!”:

Bull gaur at the San Diego Safari Park

Bull gaur at the San Diego Safari Park

Nice set of horns, huh? In the same article, you can find photos of other cattle that calls the San Diego Safari Park (the larger park of the San Diego Zoo) home, including bantengs and these cape buffalo:

Cape Buffalo at the San Diego Safari Park

Cape Buffalo at the San Diego Safari Park

 I want to thank the San Diego Zoo for exposing me to so many types of cows so early on a Friday morning. I’m sure we’ll make a trip to the Safari Park soon to see real life cattle as we did a few months ago. What beauties!

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6 responses to “Today’s cow is brought to you by the San Diego Zoo

  1. I’d stay away from that one too!

    • And you’d be right to! I read in the article about a mother gaur who broke the steering wheel shift gear of a vet truck while the vet was checking out her new baby. Definitely not the domesticated cows we’re used to, even in a confined environment.

  2. WOW! Those Gaurs look kind of scary and definitely not as cute as some cows! And from reading your reply to sarsm, they sound pretty aggressive. Yikes!
    That’s pretty cool that the zoo has its own magazine…I had never heard of one having that before!

    • Zoonooz is for all zoo members and we get it in the mail. There are many, many members of the zoo living in San Diego. The membership is reasonable and you can go as often as you want for free after that. Getting the magazine helps us stay updated of upcoming events and it’s got tons of great articles and photos in there for us and the kids.

  3. Very interesting. Spending my life around cattle, many cows are more aggressive then they otherwise would be around their new babies. We had a cow this year that my husband would scratch and pet and even lean on while we visited and she would just stand there. She’s our largest cow and probably weighs around 1900 – 2000 pounds. She was a gentle giant – until she calved. When I went in to weigh the baby and looked over the panel she warned me with a woof and her head and ears went up – definitely a sign not to enter. So I didn’t. Once we were sure her baby nursed, we turned her out. After a day or so, she was fine, but we haven’t really tried to scratch her since out in the open. We’ll wait until she’s 6-9 months pregnant and she’ll be docile again and love to rubbed and scratched again. The last few months of pregnancy both our horses and cows love the rubbing and massaging again and if it’s any consolation, their ankles swell too during pregnancy. A cows gestation period is the same as a humans, but a horses gestation is 11 months. Go figure….if nothing else, I have lots of stories and cow trivia…

    • We always hear how highly agressive some cattle can be, such as Cape buffalo, but I had no idea domesticated cows could be unfriendly sometimes. And cows are heavy enough that you probably don’t want to upset one… Thanks for sharing your story!

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