Cows Cross River Because the Grass Looks Greener on the Other Side

Posted by Allie Layos
Cows swimming across river
Screenshot via WalesOnline

These cows weren't afraid to brave some water to find their next tasty meal. 

Everyone knows that cows are land mammals, but this dairy herd in Wales seemed pretty comfortable swimming across the Tywi River in an effort to find greener pastures.

Mathew Jones, the owner of the cows, is the one who caught the event on camera on his way back from milking. He said it isn't unusual for the cows to cross the river to reach their grazing pastures near Nantgaredig - in fact, they do it almost every day.

"90% of the summer they'll cross the river daily," he said in an interview with WalesOnline.

However, the river was unusually deep on this day, and the cows were unable to touch the bottom. But that didn't deter them.

Jones said:

"Normally it's about five or six feet shallower, that's the highest we'll allow them to cross...When it's really flooded, or if it's any higher than that we keep them at home...They know where to go, one time they decided to do their own thing and just crossed on their own! We weren't happy about that, but they had made up their minds."


The cows, who vary in age from two to 15 years old, are pros at making this crossing. "The cows have been crossing there for over 60 years, since before my father's time," Jones said.

With a history like that, it's no wonder the cows are pros at swimming!

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Cows Cross River Because the Grass Looks Greener on the Other Side