The Scottish Highlander (Scottish Gaelic: Bò Ghàidhealach; Scots: Heilan coo), also called Highland Cow, is a mostly reddish-brown breed of cattle that originated in Scotland. They have long hair and long horns.
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Until 1849, most Scottish highlanders were black in color. The story goes that in the 1840s Queen Victoria visited the Scottish highlands and expressed her preference for the red animals. She simply liked this one better. She gave the order to breed more red highlanders. In addition to black and red, there are also blonde variants. An adult bull weighs 800 kilos and a cow 500 kilos. The height at the withers is 125 and 115 cm respectively. Scottish highlanders can live up to eighteen years. In that time a cow can give birth to about fifteen calves. The gestation period is about ten months. Cows have wide-spread, upward-facing horns, while those of bulls are horizontal forward. Thanks to their thick coat, this breed of cattle is suitable for year-round use as a large grazer. The animals can therefore often be seen in nature and recreation areas in the Netherlands. They require little care and are rarely aggressive, but restraint is recommended in the event of an unexpected confrontation. If a good distance is kept, the animals will generally not be disturbed by human presence. Highlanders also feed on plants that many other cattle species ignore.
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