Saturday, June 28, 2008

The many animals of Austria

Many Austrian animals were encountered. We met multiple herds of cows.  There were these quite pretty cows shading from brown to a light brownish-gray, as well as many with these splotches of dark brown with white tails and backs. They all actually do wear cowbells! Now we know where those got their names. On the way to the restaurant shack fifteen minutes down the road, we met a group of hikers being followed by a herd of goats. These goats stopped to meet us, and when the hikers moved on, the goats decided to follow us instead (we were going the other way). There were two or three white goats with horns, including the first one, a very friendly one, that came to inspect us, and also a brown mama goat with three brown babies. After a while, we passed by the restaurant cabin, and discovered that it was also the farm where the goats live. They also have those stereotypical pink curly-tailed pigs, and a mother bunny and two baby bunnies, and two guinea pigs. And cows. This morning we stopped to admire the Hintersee (or something like that) and met some horses. Of course, when we stopped to pet them, Jonah got bitten (he's okay), and one tried to follow Daddy back to the car. There were also many ducks that looked just like mallards, and three utterly adorable ducklings. Wow. Lots of animals. Oddly enough, the only wild animals we saw were the ducks. Everything else was domesticated. Except the flies.


Stefani Foster said...

Wow! I just started reading your blog, and I'm super jealous already. Sounds like you guys are having an awesome European adventure. Can't wait to read more...and please post pictures of the cowbells and curly-tailed piggies if you have them :)

mw (DWSUWF) said...

Flies are very difficult to domesticate. I have maintained a flock of domesticated flies for several years now, and I can tell you that with the price of fly meat now, it just is not worth it. Plus it is getting increasingly difficult to find suppliers for the flybells they have to wear.