We had some serious flash-flooding on the ranch this month, which is a big problem for cattle. Why is it a problem? Well, cows aren’t really all that smart, if you haven’t noticed. In fact, when presented with rising water threatening to sweep them away, they tend to completely ignore all signs of danger and just keep doing what they’re doing, until we come around and tell them to move.
Cow #1: Gosh, this grass I’m eating seems to be getting wet. Does it seem wetter to you?
Cow #2: Nah. Everything is fine.
Cow #1: Wait, when did the river move over here to the meadow? I don’t remember a river here. Do you remember a river here?
Cow #2: Nothing to worry about.
Cow #1: But, um, there seems to be a lot of water. Fast water. Uh, and I think a hay feeder just floated by. That can’t be a good sign.
Cow #2: I didn’t see anything.
Cow #1: Well, if you say so. I’ll just stand here and …..glug glug glug
Cow #2: Hey! That guy who feeds us is honking up on the hill. Let’s go see if he has food!
Cow #3: Um….ok.
At least, that’s what I imagine the conversation is like, because it looks to me like the cows just stand there while the water rises up around them, until someone comes to honk them out, and by that time, they have to swim out of the meadow.
See that ladder-looking thing in the background there? That’s a deer stand. You might be asking, why is there a deer stand in the middle of the creek? It’s not SUPPOSED to be in the creek – this is a deer field and meadow! The creek should not be anywhere NEAR here! Poor cows, no wonder they were confused.
Thankfully, years of training have taught them to high-tail it to the sound of a honking horn and Dad hollering WWWOOOOOOOO WWWWOOOOOOO CCCCOOOOWWWSSSS! Hey, you can’t make this stuff up.