Hey, it’s Rich Dale. I know people try to potty train dogs all the time. And it doesn’t take much effort to potty train a cat. And of course, people potty train people. But have you ever tried it on a cow? Or ever thought there was a need for it?
Well, New Zealand scientists have been investing time into a study to determine whether cows can be potty trained, according to scientific journal Modern Biology. What’s more is, it’s apparently been a success! Of 16 cows involved in the project, 11 now use what the Kiwi scientists are calling the “MooLoo” whenever the urge strikes them, says lead author Lindsay Matthews. “The cows are at least as good as children, age 2 to 4 years, and at least as quick,” Matthews says.
The University of Auckland scientists who conducted the study actually had a good reason to do it: Cow urine contains nitrogen, which becomes ammonia when mixed with feces, Matthews says. And ammonia in the environment leads to acid rain, tainted water supplies and other issues.
So bovine … um, output causes pollution? Then I guess this is a good thing, though if it got widespread, it would put a big damper on cow pie throwing contests.