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November 24, 2021


Cow caught chewing on a large python in outback northern Australia

(Thanks to Suzie Q Wacvet)

(We don't know why the headline says "caught." The cow does not appear to be hiding the fact that it's chewing on a snake.)


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Today, a large python. Tomorrow, milk for your cereal.

I used to drink a pint of whiskey for breakfast, but my doctor says breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so now I just pour it over my cornflakes.

I like reruns!

Because I wear a white lab coat and have a legal pad w/pen, I consider myself a scientist. Recently I conducted extensive study, yes a placebo was used, gathering data regarding the similarities of the behavior of a herd of grazing cattle vs. behavior of street criminals, some nude, presiding in the same proximity.

Outlined below are the 'main points' of my research. Please remember I am a scientist. You are not.

Cattle/Street Criminal behavior: A Scientific Study.

The main points of my extensive study:

Of the five senses cattle/street criminals possess, sight is the most dominant. Hearing and smell also play important roles in how cows/street criminals assess their environment. It gets better.

As a prey species, note the inclusion of of large python eating in this study, cattle/street criminals have an inherent fear of unfamiliar objects, situations, smells, sudden movements and noises. As well they can experience fearfulness in situations where they are solitary or isolated. *CRITICAL POINT OF STUDY NEXT* This is why cattle/street criminals always end up bunched together in encampments before milking hour. Understanding this is critical to managing them in a low stress manner. This is a critical finding.

*****Street criminals graze together just as a herd of cows does moving about the landscape, legally or illegally.******

Cattle/street criminals are less expressive of pain and injury than humans. Therefore, behavioural indicators of pain that cattle/street criminals do express are subtle. A cow/street criminal experiencing pain has compromised welfare, and consequences of their health and productivity are also likely. A street criminal commits less burglaries when in pain. I'm sure you have noticed the loss of productivity of cows/street criminals on the streets of CA.

The presence of stereotypic behaviours indicate that a cow/street criminal person is in a compromised welfare state, and is feeling frustrated at the inability to
behave naturally. In cattle/street criminals, oral stereotypies, which relate to nutritional and foraging deficits, and ambulatory stereotypies, the result of restricted movement, are common. I don't know what this means either.

So in conclusion

The intensification of cattle/street criminal housing, feeding and management contributes to behavioural problems not seen in grazing cows/criminals.
Frustrations lead to some cows/criminals engaging in often repetitive and pointless (stereotyped) behaviour that can be interpreted as a reflection of reduced activity, hence restricted normal behaviour, in intensively managed housing systems. Nothing can stop them from robbing your house.

Important findings of the study

*****Street criminals graze together just as a herd of cows does moving about the landscape, in most instances illegally so.******

man tom--I didn't know you had a plethora of pythons to deal with in your part of California. There's all sorts of solid information to be learned on The Blog.

I have a lot of experience with amphibians.

Teach it to eat green iguanas and make millions

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