Why the Botswana cows eyes on both sides of the tail
• Why the Botswana cows eyes on both sides of the tail
If you decide to visit Botswana and will pass by a local farm, you will notice one feature that distinguishes the local cows from cows of any other countries. In Botswana cows on both sides of the tail painted eyes. Why and who does it - in our article.
Once Neil Jordan, one of the conservationists, who works with the Botswana organization for the protection of predators, witnessed an unusual scene. Leo, who has been like a half an hour stalking impala, suddenly turned and left his attempts to catch the animal. He did so immediately after Impala turned her face and their eyes met.
Neil decided that it was eye contact influenced the decision to stop a lion hunt. What if the lion will not be able to sneak up to the victim so as not to meet her eyes? And then Neil offered one of the farmers in the north of the country to hold Science Experiment.
One herd of cows from 39 individuals left the control, and the second stage of the 23 cows over the painted eyes on either side of the tail. The paint lasted a little more than three weeks, and during this time the results were obvious. In the first stage of the lions killed three cows, the second did not touch a single one.
"At first I was not sure whether or not to share with the rest of his idea because it sounds, to put it mildly, a fool. But after the experiment, I decided that might not be so bad this idea. "
The problem with lions in Botswana stands very sharply. Killing them is illegal, but the usual remedies, including fences and guard dogs do not help to save the livestock safe. Who lives in Botswana, one of the largest populations of lions - about 3000 individuals. And for local farmers is a real headache.
In fact, to keep the population of lions, spent huge amounts of money. And the fact that with a conventional paint can resolve the conflict between wild cats and farmers - in fact, a great achievement.
Not all experts embraced the idea with enthusiasm, many refer to this venture is quite skeptical. Kevin Richardson, from the behavior of African animals specialist says: "I do not think the lions are so stupid that they can take the painted eyes of the present. Lions learn quickly. You can fool them once, but twice - is unlikely. "
Nevertheless, local farmers willing to take risks, despite the anecdotal evidence of this theory more research. In the end, draw a pair of eyes on the ass cow is not too difficult. Especially because Neil Jordan proposed to be used to simplify the process of sponge stamps. Let the cows seem silly, but they are alive.