Thursday, March 20, 2008

Heilan Coos

My brother has a new herd of these near him in Virginia.
Highland Cattle
He says either they're Highland cows or someone has taken some giant brown sheepdogs and glued horns on their heads.

When we were in SCOTLAND last October, I kept my eye out, but never saw ANY Heilan coos. I thought I saw a herd way in the distance once, but then I thought I saw one in Devon, too, which isn't really known for Highland cattle. South Devon and Devon cattle, yes, which are brown, but not shaggy and much bigger. Of course, the farthest we got into the Scottish Highlands was Stirling, which could have been part of the problem. And I was concentrating on driving. Normally I don't concentrate quite that hard when I'm driving (aren't you glad you don't live near me?), but driving on the other side of the road takes a lot of concentration.

Interestingly, this isn't the only herd of Highland cattle near him.


Kia said...

Coos? Does that mean Gaelic cows?

Laurie said...

I wonder if they moo with an accent? Can they converse with Brahman cows? How about Ankole-Watusis?

Mr Farty said...

Herd of cows? Of course I've heard of cows!

And apparently they do moo with an accent.

Help ma boab!

Laurie said...

Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle! Aunt. Well butter my ass and call me a biscuit! That's udderly amazing!

Sorry, I think I'm running a temperature at the moment.

And by "ass" I mean a member of the genus Equus, of course...

Deborah W said...

Yep, those are definitely "wee highland coos!" I saw some up close while on a trip to Scotland a few years back. Awesome that there are some in VA! Lovely! My Scottish driver, however, warned that they are quite temperamental but he was wearing a skirt, I mean a kilt, so can he be trusted, I don't know! Thx for the photos, love 'em! Deborah/Benicia

Stephen Bain said...

Surely a Scotsman's choice of attire does not speak of his trustworthyness! (Is that a word?) It speaks more of his desire to ventilate certain areas that are prone to overheating on he warm, humid summer days. The west coast, for example could do with a more even annual ventilation.

As for the cows, them's definitley the ones. That's more Highland Cattle than I think I've seen in one place anywhere in the Highlands!