This is Tyson. I reckon I know what’s likely to be going through his mind here: he’s awaiting his chance to catch me off guard. If I don’t make sure he knows I have my eye on him, he sneaks up and nudges me from behind; fortunately, he hasn’t nudged me with the pointy part of his horn, like I’ve watched him do to his herd-mates. If he doesn’t nudge, he creeps up behind me and snorts loudly.


10 Comments on “Tyson

  1. Yikes, I think a nudge from Tyson would be unsettling, horns or not. Not your friendliest neighbor, Mike~~

    • I think it’s a matter of “familiarity breeds contempt”, Jet. The cattle see me twice each day, and some of the herd could be thinking I’m a two legged cow. Tyson and Rocky might be competing for my attentions. Waynetta, often wants to get close too; she likes to be scratched behind her ears, and is the worst nudger of the herd.

      • Cattle interact with each other and humans vocally, and physically with nudging and more violent contact, and also with head and leg gestures. 🙂

  2. What is he trying to accomplish? Attention? Territorialism?

    • I think Tyson feels I’m diverting Waynatta’s attention from him. He very definitely has strong feelings for the ladies. Yesterday, whilst Blossom was grooming him, licking flies from inside his ears and neck, he collapsed to his knees in a state of ecstasy – even his neck turned to jelly.

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