Have you heard of the Hairy Coo?

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Months ago, my wife and my mother in law disappeared to Scotland for a near-two-week vacation tour. They saw many sights, met many interesting people, and got to meet my spirit animal – the Highland Cow aka the Hairy Coo. Of course, I didn’t know it was my spirit animal until they returned from the trip and gave me my souvenir – a mug of a Hairy Coo painted by Clare Baird.

I had no idea this marvelous creature existed! I immediately went to work searching for more pictures of the Highland Cow online.

Courtesy http://www.hillwalktours.com/
Courtesy http://www.hillwalktours.com/

Wait, Jim! Surely there are baby Hairy Coos as well! Can’t you show us a picture of one of those?

Ok, this one is a tough one. See if you can spot the Hairy Coo.

Here is a bit about the breed on Wikipedia:

They have an unusual double coat of hair. On the outside is the oily outer hair—the longest of any cattle breed—covering a downy undercoat.[2] This makes them well suited to conditions in the Highlands, which have a high annual rainfall and sometimes very strong winds.[3] Their skill in foraging for food allows them to survive in steep mountain areas where they both graze and eat plants that many other cattle avoid. They can dig through the snow with their horns to find buried plants.[4]

And now you know about my new favorite animal. But did you also know there is a Woolly Pig?

courtesy http://meatblog.livejournal.com/47807.html

Wait, Jim! Surely there are baby Woolly Pigs as well! Can’t you show us a picture of one of those?

If you aren’t aware of these pigs they are formally called Mangalica. I can tell I’ve made you curious. I’ll see you in four days when you resurface for food.