Cow VS Goat Anatomy
The number 4 is important as far as a cow’s anatomy goes. Cows have four stomach chambers that their food travels through and they also have four teats. Each teat is connected to its own chamber (or quarter) on the inside of a cows’ udder! That’s right, it’s kind of like each cow has four separate milk jugs on the inside, and their udder isn’t just one big bag of milk.
A dairy cow will usually give birth to one calf at a time (two is rare), that’s 4 teats for just one calf!
Goats also have teats but a regular dairy goat has an average of only two, and will usually give birth to three, sometimes 4 kids at a time! Maybe that’s why goats are so pushy and in your face… They have to make sure they get their turn to feed!
In the spring you may be lucky enough to catch our goats performing live births in our animal exhibit, and you’ll notice soon after that they’ll already know how to bump their mothers’ udder in a way that will get her milk flowing.
If this sounds interesting to you Science World in Vancouver has been running a “Body World’s Animal Inside Out” exhibit since October and it’ll be here until March 28th so there’s still time to check it out! https://www.scienceworld.ca/animal
The exhibition explores:
- Skeletons: from tiny insects to full-grown mammals, most animals have a skeleton of some sort. It could be an endoskeleton, which humans have, or an exoskeleton like that of insects and crustaceans.
- Muscles, tendons and ligaments: from the large running and leaping muscles of a reindeer, to the specialized muscles of a bull’s heart that pumps the blood and nutrients around its body, ANIMAL INSIDE OUT reveals the intricacy and details of the muscles and ligaments that most animals have.
- The nervous system: a vast and complex network that connects the brain, spinal cord and all parts of the body. It channels data continuously and transmits commands. The nerve fibres that carry this vital information can be finer than a human hair and invisible to the naked eye.
- Reproduction: after feeding, reproduction is the most essential activity of an animal. Evolution has developed a number of ways for animals to reproduce.
- Respiration and digestion: by viewing the lungs and digestive tracts of animals, like the reindeer, we can see how we share the same intricate details of many major organs.
- Wildlife conservation and preservation: By learning how similar animals and humans are, visitors will be able to gain a new appreciation for the importance of animal welfare.
You can grab your tickets here: http://tickets.scienceworld.ca/default.aspx?tagid=3