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- Cows like to sleep close to their families, and sleeping arrangements are determined by individuals’ rank in the social hierarchy.

- Like humans, cows (cattle) form close friendships and choose to spend much of their time with 2-4 preferred individuals. They also hold grudges for years and may dislike particular individuals.

- Cows display emotions and have been shown to produce more milk when they are treated better and as individuals.

- Cattle get excited when they solve problems. When faced with a challenge of finding out how to open a door to reach food, their heartbeat went up, their brainwaves showed excitement, and some even jumped into the air.

- Cows show their excitement when let out into a field after long periods confined indoors.

- Cows are devotional mothers and are known to walk for miles to find their calves.

- Cattle are extremely curious and inquisitive animals which will investigate everything.

- Like many other grazing animals cattle have one stomach which is divided into four compartments or chambers: the rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum. This allows them to digest grain and grasses most effectively.

- Cattle have almost 360° panoramic vision. This helps them to see predators coming from any direction.

- Cattle have an excellent sense of smell. They can detect odours up to five miles away. They can also hear both low and high frequency sounds beyond human capability.

- The cow is a protected animal in Hinduism, and Hindus do not eat beef. Cows are honoured at least once a year, on Gopastami. On this day cows are washed and decorated in temples.

- Mahatma Ghandi described a cow as “a poem of compassion”, also stating that “I worship the cow and I shall defend its worship against the whole world”.

- The meat of cows is widely eaten by people across the world. Cows' milk is also drunk and used to make other products such as cheese.