Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Improbable Cows

Did you know there's a breed of cows in Scotland that look rather like Oreo cookies? Belted Galloway cows are solid colored cows with a thick stripe around their middles. How on earth is that a consistent genetic trait?

The cows are part of the Galloway breed group, which has solid white, solid black and this -- the stripe-in-the-middle version that has been popular since the turn of the 19th century. They're raised as beef cattle, it seems -- but more often they are kept for the head-turning sight of a field full of oreo stripes.


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