Scientists have figured out that cows can be potty trained just as easily as toddlers. The group took 16 cows and 11 of them learned how to use “MooLoo” when they had to go. The researchers used treats to lure the cow into pushing through a gate and urinate in a special pen. It only took 15 days for 11 of the cows to learn how to do the task.
The studys’ senior author Lindsay Mathews said, “The cows are at least as good as children, age 2 to 4 years, at least as quick,” She is an animal behavioral scientist at New Zealand’s University of Auckland who worked with a group that tested the animals in a research lab in Germany. Mathews explained that massive amounts of urine waste is a serious environmental issue and the study can help.
Urine has nitrogen and when mixed with fecal matter it changes into ammonia. More ammonia leads to environmental issues like acid rain, tainting water, and creating airborne pollutants called nitrous oxide. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, cows can produce 30 litres of urine a day.
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