Cow: A Bovine Biography by Florian Werner

By Florian Werner

She is in every single place: as a automobile for either farmers and advertisers, an issue for learn scientists and poets, and ever-present within the type of fortunate charms, children's toys, or just as a delectable sandwich-filler. the feminine of the bovine species is respected as sacred or reviled as silly, yet something she by no means conjures up is indifference. After greater than 10000 years residing along us, she is still a beguiling secret. Combining a myriad of richly pleasing anecdotes and an abundance of illuminating discoveries, Florian Werner provides the curious cultural background of that almost all exciting of animals: the cow.

Since evolving from the aurochs, an ungulate that grazed the Persian grasslands, the cow has embedded itself into almost all points of our lives. Cow is the 1st e-book to examine the animal in its numerous manifestations in cultures all over the world. Werner examines cows' function in trade as an early type of foreign money and their position on our plates and in our stomachs within the type of meat and dairy items. Florian Werner examines how cows are worshipped in a few circles, similar to in Hindu mythology, and abhorred in others, this day being vilified as an agent of weather swap. And he waxes philosophic concerning the importance of the cow's rumination and cud chewing, in addition to her basic yet significant moo.

Combining thorough study with an obtainable writing kind, Florian Werner bargains readers an eye-opening viewpoint in this commodified animal, whose lifestyles is inextricably intertwined with ours and which we too frequently take with no consideration.

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By Florian Werner

She is in every single place: as a automobile for either farmers and advertisers, an issue for learn scientists and poets, and ever-present within the type of fortunate charms, children's toys, or just as a delectable sandwich-filler. the feminine of the bovine species is respected as sacred or reviled as silly, yet something she by no means conjures up is indifference. After greater than 10000 years residing along us, she is still a beguiling secret. Combining a myriad of richly pleasing anecdotes and an abundance of illuminating discoveries, Florian Werner provides the curious cultural background of that almost all exciting of animals: the cow.

Since evolving from the aurochs, an ungulate that grazed the Persian grasslands, the cow has embedded itself into almost all points of our lives. Cow is the 1st e-book to examine the animal in its numerous manifestations in cultures all over the world. Werner examines cows' function in trade as an early type of foreign money and their position on our plates and in our stomachs within the type of meat and dairy items. Florian Werner examines how cows are worshipped in a few circles, similar to in Hindu mythology, and abhorred in others, this day being vilified as an agent of weather swap. And he waxes philosophic concerning the importance of the cow's rumination and cud chewing, in addition to her basic yet significant moo.

Combining thorough study with an obtainable writing kind, Florian Werner bargains readers an eye-opening viewpoint in this commodified animal, whose lifestyles is inextricably intertwined with ours and which we too frequently take with no consideration.

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And this particular redtail wasn’t even a patient: his wing, broken near the shoulder joint, had already healed, leaving him unable to fly but otherwise perfectly healthy. I carried the box to the flight cage, congratulating myself on having the foresight to ask Bruce and Michael’s crew to put up one large raptor perch— just in case—before they finished construction. A thick dowel covered with outdoor carpeting and bolted at an angle to one corner, it needed only a ramp to provide the flightless redtail with access to a comfortable perch.

I thought you weren’t taking injured birds,” said John. “I’m not,” I said firmly. 8 8 8 8 8 The following morning the goldfinch was active and alert, and had eaten all his niger seed and most of his mixed seed, so I released him into the flight cage. The house finch brightened visibly at the sight of another bird, rustling his 32 8 F LYAWAY feathers and watching closely as the goldfinch surveyed his new surroundings. After ten minutes I left them alone and walked back to the house, just in time to see Maggie getting out of her Jeep.

8 45 SUZIE GILBERT Skye stood rigid, eyes wide, staring at the top of the washing machine. ” she gasped. ” John and Mac followed her gaze and grimaced. Then, as one, all three turned and looked at me. “Uhhh,” I said. “It’s, um, actually, it’s a rat. It’s food. ” said Mac. ” I replied, “I brought the robin to the vet, and as it turned out . ” John interrupted. ” “From the freezer in the garage,” I said. John looked aghast. ” he said. I decided to take the offensive. ” I shot back. ” wailed Skye.

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