Cow with calf in a rural field for Mother’s Day
© Juice Images/Offse
A special day for mothers. Happy Mooo-ther’s Day
Just like humans, cows form strong maternal bonds with their babies. They are loving, affectionate mothers, who naturally feel very protective of their calves. Cows also have impressive memories. They remember and recognise human faces even after a long period of time, so make sure you're nice to them if you cross paths (or fields). The oldest cow ever recorded was called 'Big Bertha', who was born in Ireland on St Patrick's Day in 1945, dying three months short of her 49th birthday on New Year's Eve in 1993. She also holds the record for lifetime breeding, having produced 39 calves. That’s a lot of Mother’s Day cards!