Five groups that classify all living things
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
A group of animals within a pylum
A group of animals within a class
A group of animals within an order
A group of animals within a family
The name of the animal in science
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
|1.5m - 1.8m (5ft - 6ft)|
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
|400kg - 800kg (881lbs - 1,760lbs)|
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
How long the animal lives for
|12 - 20 years|
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
|Brown, Black, White|
The protective layer of the animal
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
|Forest and grassland|
|Average Litter Size:|
The average number of babies born at once
The food that the animal gains energy from
|Grass, Seeds, Flowers|
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
|Human, Bears, Wolves|
Characteristics unique to this animal
|Thick leathery skin and complex digestive system|
Cows are raised in many different countries around the world, mainly for the cow's natural resources such as milk, meat and leather. In India, the cow is seen as a sacred animal.
There are thought to be nearly 1.5 million cows worldwide, most of the cows are sadly kept by farmers but there is sure to be the odd rouge escaped wild cows somewhere!
The cow is known well amongst farmers for its ability to interbreed with species that are closely related to the cow. These can include yaks and bison, where these animals have been successfully bred with the cow to produce hybrid cattle. Oddly enough though, the cow is unable to successfully breed with buffalo or water buffalo.
The cow has just one stomach (not four) but the cow's stomach contains four separate compartments that work with the complex digestive system of the cow which allows the cow to control substances that are difficult and near impossible for many other animals to digest.
It is commonly thought that cows, mainly male cows called bulls, are aggravated by the colour red. This is in fact not true as cows are colour blind and cannot distinguish between different colours. This common misconception has come about from the days of bull fighting where trainers were typically seen using a red flag. It is not the colour of the flag that would spur the cow on but in fact, the waving of the material itself.
It is thought that around 18% of the greenhouse gases that are currently being released into the atmosphere are coming from livestock such as cows. This is due to the methane that cows expel through burping and flatulence.
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First Published: 5th November 2008, Last Updated: 7th November 2019
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