Cow that swam four miles to shore after Hurricane Dorian gives birth to 'miracle' calf – USA TODAY

A pregnant cow who survived Hurricane Dorian and swam 4 miles back to shore last September has given birth to its “sea” calf.

The calf, whose photo was posted Monday on Facebook by Cedar Island, North Carolina, resident Ricky Daniels, has white fur and one brown eye and one blue eye — a rare phenomenon known as heterochromia iridis that is shared by some animals.

The farming organization Ranch Solutions was hired to return the pregnant cow, Dori, back home to North Carolina’s Cedar Island, about 350 miles east of Charlotte, after she, along with two other cows, was first discovered in the Outer Banks after escaping the wrath of Dorian’s nearly eight-foot “mini tsunami.”

Dori, said Ranch Solutions, was the “difficult” of the trio — giving them the most trouble during their rescue operation back to the island.

The cows that live on Cedar Island are considered feral, and most have a unique bleached blond appearance, resident Woody Hancock told McClatchy News.

“The wild cattle that lived on Cedar Island were not used to seeing humans or having them approach them,” the state’s National Park Service said.

Many other creatures that lived on the island, including 28 wild horses, died during the storm.

Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow Joshua Bote on Twitter: @joshua_bote

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Cow thoughts – Fence Post

If, by some odd happening, I ever get a chance to talk to a cow about her behavior, I would like to find out why cows do certain things. If you see cattle on a fairly regular basis, you can make your own list of questions … or maybe you can answer mine.

I get such a kick out of the way cows have the need to walk single file to get a drink, and they frequently use the same walkway. That’s where we get the expression of a cow path. We hear about the dominant cow in a herd, the lead cow, and that is understood. Yet, it never ceases to amaze me to wonder how the conversation goes. “Mabel, I’m thirsty. Would you please lead us over to the watering hole?”

I mean, can’t cows just go it alone (I say, tongue in cheek.)

Likely some readers, especially men, will have a human correlation to this activity. That is the restroom syndrome afflicting most women. You have a group of people seated together in a restaurant. One female decides she needs to “go powder her nose” and she mentions it aloud. Whoosh! There is suddenly a mass exodus to the restroom. No one knows why. Men don’t do that as a common occurrence. Because I’m a gal I can make the comparison. A man would be called sexist or worse if he mentioned it. Humor me here.


Back to the subject of cows. Did you know that cows babysit for each other? It’s true. If you watch, you’ll see a whole passel of little calves — not yet eating hay — laying or playing in a group, with one or two cows attending them while the balance of the mamma cows stroll off to munch their hay. The babysitters rotate allowing all of the cows to eat in peace. Hmmm, sound familiar?

Perhaps the most poignant behavior is mourning over a deceased fellow cow. I remember when I was young, seeing a cow that had died of natural causes in a corral and noting how the cows stood closely by and lowed, as if to say good bye. It is almost heartbreaking too when a calf dies and the mamma cow calls for the calf for two or three days afterward. Naturally her udder becomes engorged and she is miserable, but far and above it her mothering instinct. She knows something is not right and she’s frustrated when her calf doesn’t come when she calls, as any mother — animal or human — would be.

Much is being written about handling cows, gently and correctly, yet simply observing and thinking can be a great form of education. What have you learned from cows or would you like to learn about cows?

Peggy would like to hear from former city residents who have relocated to the country about their joys and tribulations of the move and rural living. Reach her through ❖

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Indigenous arts at the forefront at CASA May weekend in Lethbridge – Prairie Post

Indigenous arts are a powerful bridge for reconnecting with culture, learning traditions and bringing together diverse groups to celebrate Indigenous cultures, said Natalie Pepin from Reskilled Life.

Don’t miss the ultimate Lethbridge Indigenous Arts Immersion Weekend at CASA (located at 230 8 Street South) in May. Three popular Indigenous arts workshops will be featured including Metis beading, moccasin making and brain tanning.

“With people from all backgrounds welcome, these workshops are a welcoming place where urban Indigenous populations can experience their traditions and others from all backgrounds can expand their skills,” Pepin explained.

A traditional Metis beading workshop will be held May 29 from 6-9 p.m. “Join us for a cultural immersion through art and stories. Connect with the Metis culture through one of our most celebrated and cherished skills, flower bead work,” Pepin said.

This course, Pepin noted, will teach those in attendance how to design and bead traditional designs using glass beads for moccasins, mittens and more. “We will provide all materials for you to create your first beaded artwork on melton.” Tickets for this workshop are $40.

A moccasin making workshop will be held May 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Whether you are eager to explore leather working techniques or are wanting to create a perfect personalized gift for a special person, this workshop will walk you step-by-step through the process of making your first pair of moccasins,” Pepin said.

In this workshop, those in attendance will learn:

•How to select materials for making footwear

•How to create a footwear pattern that will fit you just right

•How to cut and work with leather

•Lacing techniques

•Cutting and sewing furs

•Embellishment options and basic beading

Tickets for this workshop are $175.

A brain tanning hides workshop will be held May 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with an option tanning tool building day on May 30 from 5-9 p.m. – where participants will build their own tanning tools).

Are you intrigued by the idea of making your own suede, buckskin or tanned hides for moccasins, crafts, clothing or to be more connected to the sources of your clothing? Does the idea of participating in the full-life cycle of your garments excite you? Do you want to preserve the memories of the hunt without the cost of a tannery? Or maybe you’d like to commemorate the life of an animal you raised?

“It could also be traditional skills are just a part of who you are and you have a burning desire to reconnect with our collective roots,” added Pepin. “Regardless of your motivation, this workshop is offered up as a guide as you set out on this journey.”

According to Pepin, this full-day workshop will introduce you to the concepts and sills involved in turning an animal hide into buckskin (a hair off, soft fabric like “leather”) and hair on hide (think, cow hide rug).

You will learn about:

•How to properly remove a hide in order to preserve it

•How to preserve a hide until tanning

•Natural and easy to access materials for tanning tides

•How tanning works

•The physiology of skin

•How to process both hair on and hair off skins

•Scrapping hides

•Pickling hides

•Wringing methods

•Acidifying buckskin for a soft and supple fabric like hide

•Brain tanning solutions

•Stretching methods and tools

•Smoking hides to keep them water resistant

“This is a hands-on workshop where you will have the opportunity to work on hides at each stage of the tanning process,” said Pepin. This workshop is $115.

Photos submitted

Natalie Pepin from Reskilled Life

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'Sea calf' born to cow that swam to shore after hurricane – ABC News

A calf has been born to a pregnant cow who swam 4 miles to shore after being swept away by Hurricane Dorian in September

A pregnant cow who swam 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) to shore after being swept away by Hurricane Dorian in September has given birth to a “miracle” calf.

A photo of the “sea calf” was posted Monday on Facebook by Ranch Solutions, a group hired to return the pregnant cow back home to North Carolina’s Cedar Island, 350 miles (560 kilometers) east of Charlotte. The cow, Dori, was one of three swept away by Dorian that were found in the state’s Outer Banks, The Charlotte Observer reported.

The calf has one brown and one blue eye, Ranch Solutions said. Having differently colored eyes is a rare condition shared by various animals, including some wild horses.

Getting close to the mother and calf for a photo has been difficult, because they run at the sight of humans, Cedar Island resident Woody Hancock told McClatchy News group. “The wild cattle that lived on Cedar Island were not used to seeing humans or having them approach them,” the state’s National Park Service said.

When Hurricane Dorian generated an 8-foot (2-meter) “mini tsunami,” it washed the calf’s mother and dozens of other animals away, including 28 wild horses that died.

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Elusive South Florida Cow Which Had Evaded Capture For Months Found Alive & Well – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Pembroke Pines police announced Wednesday morning that their officers had located a cow that had evaded capture for months.

The department released a statement, which in part read:

“Last night our officers located the rogue cow and were able to direct it into an enclosed area in Davie. The property owner is aware of the cow & agreed to keep it until it can be safely removed. We wish the cow well on its future adventures.”

Last week, a ‘BOLO’ (Be on the lookout) order was issued for the “loose cow.”

Loose cow sought by police

Loose cow sought by police (Pembroke Pines Police)

Police said that for several months “the cow” has been seen wandering in the area of Sheridan and I-75.

Officials said the animal had evaded capture since January.

Officials also said the cow was faster than it looked and was a talented fence jumper. Additionally, officers said, it enjoyed pools.

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Six O’Clock Solution: Save a cow — serve cauliflower steak – Montreal Gazette

Quebecer Jean-Philippe Cyr — a.k.a. the Buddhist Chef — likes to fry big slabs of cauliflower, then flavour them with a mixture that includes maple syrup and cider vinegar.

Jean-Philippe Cyr advises using extra-firm cauliflower and very high heat when making cauliflower steak.

Appetite by Random House

Cauliflower has come into the limelight recently as a vegetable that merits more than simply steaming or immersing in a cream sauce. The Buddhist Chef — as Quebecer Jean-Philippe Cyr calls himself, his cookbook and his blog — likes to fry big slabs of cauli, then flavour them with a mixture that includes maple syrup and cider vinegar. His cauliflower steak is the cover photograph for his book (Appetite by Random House, $29.95), a collection of 100 vegan recipes.

Cyr, who lives in Joliette and is professionally trained, dots his Buddhist Chef book with tips to assure success. With the steak, he says, use an extra-firm cauli and very high heat — and don’t move the slabs around as they cook, other than simply turning them in the hot oil.

Cyr’s recipes liven up each vegetable, often with flavours he found when travelling in Asia. Mushrooms are a favourite in his book (12 recipes), as is tofu (19 recipes). Photographs by Samuel Joubert are excellent.

Cauliflower Steak

Serves 2

1/4 cup (28 g/60 mL) slivered almonds

1 medium head cauliflower (2 pounds/1 kg)


3 tablespoons (45 mL) vegetable oil

1/2 cup (25 g/125 mL) chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 tablespoon (15 mL) cider vinegar

1 tablespoon (15 mL) maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) red pepper flakes

1/3 cup (75 mL) white wine

Fleur de sel, to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C). Spread almonds on a baking sheet and toast in preheated oven for two to three minutes. Set aside.

Cut cauliflower generously into slices 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) thick. Sprinkle all over with salt and let stand.

Heat oil in a large, heavy frying pan over high heat. When it is very hot, add cauliflower and fry for five minutes without moving it. Fry in batches if necessary. Cover to avoid splattering oil.

When slices are browned, turn and cook another five minutes.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine parsley, cider vinegar, maple syrup and red pepper flakes.

Transfer cooked cauliflower to a platter and keep warm. Add wine to pan to deglaze and simmer until almost evaporated.

Add parsley mixture to pan and cook for a few minutes, until parsley is tender.

Serve cauliflower steaks on two heated serving plates. Drizzle with the hot dressing, sprinkle with almonds and fleur de sel and serve.


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Docomo and Hokkaido university plan 5G-based system to monitor cows – The Japan Times

Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, NTT Docomo Inc. and others plan to develop a system to monitor dairy cows using fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless networks, aiming for commercialization in 2022.

The system will use vast amounts of photographic data to detect early signs of illness and estrus in dairy cows. The aim is to ease the heavy burdens on dairy farmers blamed in part for the difficulties they face finding successors.

Also on the development team is Tsuchiya Manufacturing Co., a dairy farming equipment maker based in Sapporo.

The system will feed photographic data from cameras in cattle sheds to artificial intelligence for learning and analysis, informing farmers promptly via smartphone if there are signs of illness or estrus in cows.

The developers aim to create a sophisticated low-cost system by using 5G services, which will be available this spring, to process vast amounts of photographic data that can’t be handled by current 4G technology.

A demonstration test, underway at the university in Obihiro, will study whether the behavior of cows, such as how often they eat feed, can be captured in detail.

If cows are not milked every day they can suffer inflammation of the udder, which can lead to death. Farmers are kept busy keeping a constant eye on cattle sheds, paying attention to the condition of cows and trying not to miss opportunities for artificial insemination.

Current management systems with each cow wearing a sensor need large investments in software and other items, preventing them from being widely adopted.

Katsuya Kida, a professor at the university, said that if farmers can readily adopt the 5G-based system, “their burdens can be eased.”

“It will also help lower the hurdles for starting dairy farming,” he said.

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