Among the several Urban Herds is one consisting of over forty head of cattle that we have dubbed ‘the forest cows’ that wander between the dry dam over the road of our house and the abandoned golf course – occasionally crossing the main road into town to explore the industrial area. We see them so often that many of them have names such as: the Arctic Bull, the New Year Cow and the Gate Cow. This is the Gate Cow chewing the cud – she was named after trying to enter our back garden when I opened our sliding gate to get the car out:

There is also the Brindled Dog Rubbing Bull, the Bronze Cow and the Spotted Calf now Cow. Here is the Black Bull with White Horns, for example, grazing on the lawn not far from our house:

I drove out of our driveway earlier this month to find these other members of the Urban Herd seeking shade on the pavement – the calf in the street, quite oblivious to passing traffic:

Just a little further on, this calf looked up at me as I drove past:

I was eyed by this cow when I stopped to photograph it:

While this white bull kept an eye on me too:

The considerable herds of domestic animals that now roam with abandon all over town are not confined to the suburbs. These ones have decided to visit the outfitters in High Street!


    • These animals come is a variety of beautiful colourings, so are handsome animals in their way. They only problem is that they should be confined to the grazing areas outside of town and not be allowed to wander unchecked through suburbia and into town.

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  1. It’s such a strange site. I remember my dad moving cattle from one pasture farm to another across the road, and how scary it was – we kids and cousins etc. would all be employed to form a human chain so none would break lose from the herd. Those big horns would scare me to death if I saw them on my front lawn – it’s cute that you have names for them though.


    • I have mentioned before that grazing is available for these animals on the commonage on the fringes of our town, but the owners let them be and the municipality does nothing to control their intrusion.

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    • Ha! Ha! If you could experience the depth and number of potholes in our streets, see the streams of precious water – or sewage – wasting away, and note the number of large – and I mean LARGE – holes that are left whenever workers have at least attempted to stem a pipe burst, you would appreciate that cattle grids are out of the question.

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