Paintings of horned bulls, milking cows, and calves appear in Egyptian tombs. We know their domestication dates back to the earliest permanent human settlements near the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Mesopotamia, as well as the Indus River valley in modern Pakistan. Dogs were certainly the first domesticated animal, with their utility to hunting tribes obvious. Sheep and goats were next, as they could easily be moved by still-nomadic tribes. But when humans settled into agricultural communities instead of chasing herds across continents, cattle were a logical choice for domestication from the large wild aurochs that were already valued for their meat. By domesticating the wild cattle, humans gained a consistent food and milk source, as well as fertilizer for their fields and hides for shelter and clothing.
Angus calves are hardy and hungry, just like their parents. They are smaller than other calves, but they are naturally black and polled, as those are characteristics of the breed. They’ll grow quickly in the first year and are weaned before age one.
Scientific Name: Bos taurus
Characteristics: This Angus Calf looks like it’s reaching for milk or water, or perhaps getting ready to chase a butterfly through its pasture.
Size and Color: Angus cattle are instantly recognizable for their sleek, black color, but the calves are slightly lighter as this figure displays. It’s about 2 ¾ inches long, the length of a computer mouse.
The Angus Calf is part of the Safari Farm collection.
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