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Critics Say eBay Founder's Hawaiian Plan Literally Stinks

Pierre Omidyar wants to build a dairy on Kauai

(Newser) - The smell of cow dung and the sting of biting flies—it's not exactly what one dreams of when dreaming of a Hawaiian getaway. But it's the reality eBay founder/Honolulu resident Pierre Omidyar is hoping to create on Kauai. With an eye toward sustainability, Omidyar is looking to... More »

Why Japan's Hot Cows Are Wearing Cool Shirts

High-tech shirts fight annual summertime drop in milk production

(Newser) - Cows in Japan are sporting some new duds for the summer: high-tech shirts to keep them cool. The Japan Times reports milk production typically drops 10% during the summer heat, and farmers worry that will only get worse with climate change. That led Japanese apparel company Gunze to create the... More »

Indian Mob Kills Muslim Man Who Was Transporting Cows

As one Indian state makes slaughtering cows punishable by life in prison

(Newser) - A Muslim man beaten by a mob that accused him of transporting cows for slaughter has died in western India, police said Wednesday, in the latest violence by Hindu vigilante groups enraged over treatment of the animal they consider sacred. Pehlu Khan died late Tuesday of injuries sustained when he... More »

The Industrious Badger Can Bury an Entire Cow

Footage reminds scientists how little we know about badgers

(Newser) - This may not surprise those familiar with the decidedly NSFW honey badger : When a group of biologists at the University of Utah set out to study the behaviors of scavengers in the Great Basin Desert, they scattered the carcasses of seven calves in Utah's Grassy Mountains and figured their... More »

Farm Posts Cute Baby Cow Video, Is Attacked by Internet

'I'm not sure how you get that much negativity out of a picture of a baby cow'

(Newser) - So much for sharing the good news about a newborn calf named Pitcher Diego. A New Hampshire farm that posted a video of the Scottish Highland calf is coming under fire from animal rights supporters who don't want the animal to be slaughtered, the AP reports. The video , posted... More »

Woman Denied Swiss Passport for Being 'Annoying'

Nancy Holten meets all legal requirements

(Newser) - A vocal vegan in Switzerland seems to have voiced her discontent with certain Swiss traditions too many times. Nancy Holten was born in the Netherlands but has lived in Switzerland since she was 8; she'd like to gain Swiss citizenship, which her children have, but despite meeting all legal... More »

Cows Once as Big as Elephants May Soon Roam Europe

Welcome back the aurochs, or something like it

(Newser) - Standing nearly as tall as an elephant, the aurochs grazed for 250,000 years until its extinction in 1627. But its story may not end there: Scientists say they are close to resurrecting the "supercow," once the largest land mammal in Europe, reports CNN . In search of herbivores... More »

Cows Stranded by Quake Rescued

NZ farmer had to dig a track to them

(Newser) - Three New Zealand cows whose predicament captured the interest people around the world after they became stranded on a small island of grass following a powerful earthquake have been rescued, the AP reports. The two cows and a calf were rescued after a farmer and some helpers dug a track... More »

Crazy Quake Aftermath: 3 Stranded Cows

They're stuck in New Zealand

(Newser) - It's one of the strangest post-earthquake images you'll see: three cows stranded on a small patch of grass after the earth all around them has fallen away. The scene is out of New Zealand, where a 7.8 magnitude quake has left at least two people dead and... More »

Your Milk May Soon Come From Cows That Can Text

Sensor can track basic health metrics, predict pregnancy with 95% accuracy

(Newser) - Cows across 350 farms in nearly two dozen countries around the world are now embedded with hot-dog-sized wireless sensors in their stomachs. It may sound a bit Orwellian to some, but the idea is to help larger farms better manage their herds—by catching major health changes early and then... More »

Why This 2-Faced Calf Has the Perfect Name

Lucky walks in circles a lot, but she's the first two-headed calf to live past 40 days

(Newser) - For 40 days and nights, Noah's ark was said to have housed all variety of creatures—but probably not one like this, who just became the first of its kind to live past a similar 40-day mark, per National Geographic . Lucky the two-faced calf, who lives on a Campbellsville,... More »

'Super Grass' to Reduce Methane Emissions From Belching Cows

Researchers say they're able to genetically modify the grass for easier digestion

(Newser) - The grass is about to get greener thanks to DNA technology out of Denmark. Researchers say they've genetically modified a "super grass" that is easier on cow's stomachs, thereby helping them digest the grass more easily and thus belch out less methane gas, reports the BBC . (No,... More »

Vermont Just Suffered the Most Vermont-y Fatality

This traffic accident was more than a little meta

(Newser) - Authorities in Vermont say a New Hampshire truck driver hauling milk struck and killed a cow over the weekend, reports the AP . Vermont State Police say 67-year-old James Aldrich, a driver for Mountain Milk, wasn't injured when he hit the animal on state Route 5 shortly before 5am Sunday.... More »

California Is Going After Its Farting Cows

It's all part of Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to fight climate change

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown kept up his assault on climate change Monday, pushing through a law meant to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from dairy farms and landfills. "You know, when Noah wanted to build his ark, most of the people laughed at him?" Brown said, per the Sacramento Bee , adding... More »

A Blurred Cow Has the Internet in Stitches

Check it out on 'Google Teat View'

(Newser) - Hey, cows deserve privacy, too, right? Plenty of people are giving "Google Teat View" a hard time after Guardian editor David Shariatmadari noticed the software that automatically blurs people's faces in close-ups on Google Street View had also blurred the face of a cow in Cambridge, UK. Following... More »

Here's Why Amish Kids Don't Get Asthma as Often

They can probably thank the cows

(Newser) - You're probably less likely to see an Amish kid carrying around an inhaler, because they don't seem to get asthma as often as other kids—and researchers think it's due to the cows, Live Science reports. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine ... More »

Pee for Profit: Cow Urine Can Outsell Milk in India

There are about 30 different ways to prepare the golden 'elixir'

(Newser) - Hindus revere cows as a symbol of life, including the liquid nourishment they provide—and not just the milk. Distilled urine from female cows has become a hot commodity in India, Bloomberg reports, said to bring in at least as much cash as the other kind of cow juice. And... More »

Black Cow on a Dark Road Has Deadly Results

Kansas motorcyclist dies in freak accident

(Newser) - A 59-year-old Kansas man was killed when the motorcycle he was driving Friday night collided with a black cow on a blacktopped road, reports KAKE . Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Brant Birney said there were no witnesses when James Zordel hit the cow on a paved rural road about six miles... More »

Runaway Cow Roped by NYPD Gets New Home

And a new Queen-inspired name

(Newser) - A cow that was captured by police after fleeing from a New York City slaughterhouse has been taken in by an animal sanctuary and renamed for rock legend Freddie Mercury. Online video showed the brown and white cow trotting past shops and restaurants on Thursday afternoon. Mike Stura, the founder... More »

Brutal Texas-NM Blizzard Killed 35K Dairy Cows

They were buried alive, frozen, starved to death

(Newser) - A winter storm that slammed West Texas and eastern New Mexico during the last week of December turned out to be far worse than anyone predicted—especially for the region's dairy farmers, who say initial tallies indicate more than 35,000 cows died during the blizzard, the New York ... More »

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