URBAN HERD UPDATE

I counted sixty head of cattle spread out across the open area not far from our home late this afternoon – all munching on the lush kikuyu grass that has responded to the recent rain. This is what the area looked like at the beginning of November:

On Tuesday this week the grass looked like this:

I suspect the municipality deliberately neglects to mow the park lawn – on the other hand, their mowers may be broken … perhaps there really isn’t any money… The Urban Herd doesn’t mind and is congregating in ever greater numbers.

This cow was doing its best to wrench this low branch from the tree growing on the pavement opposite my front gate.

While this group are about to cross the road to join the rest. Note the pretty jacaranda blossoms that are in bloom all over town at the moment.

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45 thoughts on “URBAN HERD UPDATE

  1. Die beeste is die munisipaliteit se natuurlike grassnyersโ€ฆ geen petrol of mannekrag nodig nie!๐Ÿ˜ƒEk is so bly oor julle reรซn en die groenigheid, Anne.

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    • They never used to, however times have changed. We have become so used to the presence of these cattle now that we recognise individuals. They remain a menace to traffic, especially at night. Numerous donkeys also roam around the suburbs.

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      • So, what has changed? Are these cattle owned by someone? Are the owners not able to care for them? Or are the cattle now left to themselves in the wild? I have read some of your other posts about this herd. Maybe I should just read them all.

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      • A new political order has changed the way the town is run. These cattle all have owners, but there seem to be more cattle now than the traditional commonage can support and so they have been allowed to roam free. Some of them are rounded up now and then for whatever reason; many are crudely branded for identification; some – especially the bulls – disappear for good (presumably sold or eaten). In days of yore such ‘stray’ animals would have been impounded. The pound no longer operates and, as it is rumoured that some of these cattle belong to town councillors anyway, nothing will be done to curb their numbers.

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    • Very happy indeed. There is even a shallow layer of water in three of the dams I pass regularly that have been bone dry for years. A very shallow layer, but that is a start.

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  2. I miss our cattle. We used to have one Ankole Watusi. They weren’t actually our cattle. They were free range on the nature preserve that abuts our property. They kept breaking through the fences, so they were removed.

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    • We have become so used to cattle and donkeys roaming around the suburbs now that we actually miss them when they ‘disappear’ every now and then.

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  3. Isn’t it lovely to see the grass so green. I bet the air even smells better with some moisture fattening up the molecular cells. I think it is bizarre to have cattle roaming an area. Especially that many. It is an ecologically pleasing way to mow the grass tho.

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    • There is a delightfully fresh quality to the air – as if the rain has cleansed it. We might get some more light rain during the week, which will be welcome.

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  4. A very familiar scene to me, the rejuvenated grass as well as the munching cows. That one cow may have found a creative solution to scratching an itch!

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      • Yes, I worry about the critters when we had this horrible heat wave this Summer. As for the park where I walk and other shoreline parks, we had quite a lot of algae bloom, so I wondered how the critters survive. The squirrels were looking pretty lethargic sometimes, laying on a tree branch, legs dangling down.

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