Secret life of cows unveiled by 'cow-cam'
Ever wondered what your cows see and do, and what they fill their life doing? An on-farm experiment has produce a new mooovie – filmed using cows wearing a camera attached to a cycling helmet – which provides the answers and some amoosement for anyone keen on cows.
Filmed in Yorkshire by Tim Gibson, the ‘cow’s eye view’ of life shows they seem to a surprising amount of their lives looking at the sky, and a lot of time chewing their cud. With his company being involved in supplying robotic milking machinery, Mr Gibson was keen to find out more about how cows viewed the world.
Two of his cows, Beautiful and Clump, were fitted with the Noddy cycle helmet and hat cam after a series of experiments trying to find the best way to record what they were doing.
It took three attempts to successfully film a day in the life of a cow; attaching the bulletcam to a headcollar wasn’t successful and didn’t record what the cows were really seeing, and attaching the camera to a baseball cap taped onto the cow’s head didn’t work either. However, the cycle helmet hatcam proved successful and gave a good view of the cow’s world, says Mr Gibson.
Viewers have found the moovie strangely addictive, but there is apparently no truth in the rumour that Beautiful and Clump will be mooving to LA to milk their new-found fame