Cow Runs For Safety As Hailstorm Strikes Down

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: February 6, 2024

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When we think of a threat against prey, we often imagine the predators that hunt them. However, predators are not the only thing that animals have to worry about for their safety and survival. Having to worry about Mother Nature and how destructive she can be is a very real concern for their livelihood. Don’t miss what this cow has to do to survive in this hailstorm. 

Massive Hailstorm in Texas

The security camera shown at the top of this blog post takes us to Texas during a large hailstorm. Fox Weather YouTube news station picked up this footage and shared it on their channel. This news station shares weather news from all over the United States, sharing hailstorms, snowstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and more. 

Cow Runs for Safety

This day probably started out like every other for this cow. He was most likely grazing on some green grass as he did every day. It starts to rain a little, but that doesn’t stop him; he’s used to a tiny bit of rain. Only, it wasn’t that little. It started to pour hard. And then this cow felt something like small rocks hitting him. 

And that’s where this security camera footage on this house picks up. This backyard has a pool, and there are huge balls of hail falling from the sky and crashing all over the pool, deck, and yard. 

Hail is “a form of precipitation consisting of solid ice that forms inside thunderstorm updrafts.” The size of hail can have a vast range. The largest hail ever recorded on file was from June 23, 2010, in Vivian, South Dakota. This piece of hail was eight inches in diameter and 18.62 inches in circumference. It weighed a whopping one pound and 15 ounces. 

Suddenly, we see this large cow strutting through the backyard. He’s trying to run as fast as he can while struggling to see the hail hitting him on his body. He’s trying to find a safe place to camp out.

How Many Cows Live in Texas?

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Cows can weigh over 1,700 pounds.

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Cows (Bos taurus) of the family Bovidae can be found worldwide in Africa, Asia, Central America, Eurasia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America. There are estimated to be about one billion cattle that were reported in 2022 all over the world. 

Oddly enough, Texas has the most cattle and calves in the United States. The National Agricultural Statistics Service shares that there are estimated to have been 12.7 million in 2022. 

Cows typically live in herds of up to 30-70 members. And so it was dangerous for this cow to have wandered off in the video above. Without the safety of his herd to find shelter, this cow was forced to find it on his own. 

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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