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HIGHLAND CALVES!

There is a grazing area in Strandparken, where a herd of approximately 50 Highland cattle have been since 1981. They are part of a conservation grazing project, similar to the ones run by the Wildlife Trust in the UK (ie. Surrey, Hampshire & Isle of Wight).

There are also Walliser and Danish landrace goats, and a local kind of sheep (Marskfår). They care for 120 hectares of greenspace, providing grazing and browsing services that contribute to the diversity of habitats in the park. They also control the dangerous giant hogweed plants. The animals are cared for by three municipal staff. 

I biked by today, and saw that they calves were looking hale and happy! Even though I grew up around Angus cattle, and they will always have a special place in my heart, I have an unsurpassed love for the Highland breed. I find them excessively charming; especially the young’uns.

Information on Ishøj Animal Park in Strandparken (in Danish)

Related: Animals at Fritidsklubben Sødalen

In post-earthquake Kathmandu, Nepal, it is now cows and calves that are a problem.

Stray ones that is.

Hundreds have taken over the streets, casually strolling or curled up in the middle of the road, oblivious of their traffic-aggravating role amid the cacophony of buses, trucks, motorcycles and cars trying to avoid them.

The stray bovines aren’t exactly a novelty. Farmers have a habit of turning loose old or sick cows and bull calves, which have no financial value (artificial insemination is increasingly in use). The owners should be fined, but they’re usually not.

But now city officials say the number of wandering bovines is the highest in years and is directly related to the April earthquake and its many aftershocks. Taking advantage of post-earthquake chaos, farmers in Kathmandu’s outskirts are abandoning their cows and especially their bull calves, which make up the majority of the wandering bovines.

Kathmandu Can’t Keep Up With Abandoned Cattle

Photo credit: Donatella Lorch for NPR