In the past, I've tried to make the point that although cattle SEEM to be kind of...well...dumb, sitting out there eating grass all day, oblivious to things around them, they are not. Don't be fooled. They are ALWAYS WATCHING. And they are very curious.
On this particular day, Abigail took her life-sized "Flat Abigail" (made as a gift by Mae) out on a visit to the cattle. Really, just to visit Flash, our favorite. She's our favorite because she seems to enjoy our petting and scratching. It's a symbiotic relationship.
Flash showed polite interest, and briefly tasted the work.
The visit drew a crowd of observers.
These young ones are much more wary, but are overcome by curiosity. Abigail patiently waits them out, and they all come in for a sniff.
So remember...never underestimate cattle. They are watching!
On a sad note, this week we will say goodbye to the cattle. Yes, even Flash! My dad sold the herd, and will be taking a break from the "gentleman rancher" gig. First time there will not be cattle on Rolling Oaks Ranch in 31 years, although I think he leased out the land for grazing, so cattle may still roam occasionally.
I know...it makes me sad too. Another "circle of life" thing, I suppose.