Bovines (subfamily Bovinae) comprise a diverse group of ten genera of medium to large-sized mammal ungulates, including cattle, bison, African buffalo, water buffalos, and the four-horned and spiral-horned antelopes.
Bovine is derived from Latin bos (ox), through the late Latin bovinus. "Bos" comes from the Indo-European root *gʷṓws (male or female), meaning cattle (kăt'l).
General characteristics of bovines include cloven hooves and usually, at least one of the sexes of a species having true horns. Genetic selected hornless bovines are called polled. The largest bovine in existence is the gaur.
In many countries, bovid milk and meat are used as food by humans. Cattle are kept as livestock almost everywhere except in parts of India and Nepal, where they are considered sacred by most Hindus. Bovids are used as draft animals and as riding animals.
Small breeds of domestic bovids, such as the Miniature Zebu, are kept as pets. Bovid leather is highly durable and flexible and is used to produce a wide range of goods, including clothing and bags.
Bovines in mainstream culture
The following are a handful of examples of bovines' influence in mainstream lore:
- Mythology and religion.
- Kamadhenu (Hindu religion)
- Mehet-Weret (Egyptian mythology)
- Hathor (Egyptian mythology)
- Minotaur (Greek mythology)
- Clarabelle Cow (Disney)
- Toro the Bull (Warner Bros.' 1953 Bully for Bugs)
- Annabelle (Hallmark Home Entertainment)
- Cow (Cow and Chicken) (Cartoon Network)
- Molly Moo-Cow (Van Beuren Studios, 1930s)
- Ferdinand the Bull (Disney Feature Animation's Ferdinand)
- Dalton (One Piece)
- Heffer Wolfe (Nickelodeon's Rocko's Modern Life)
- Chewcudda (Warner Bros.' Tiny Toon Adventures)
- Maggie, Grace, and Mrs. Calloway (Disney Feature Animation's Home on the Range)
- Abigail the Cow (Disney Feature Animation's The Fox and the Hound)
- Taurus Bulba (Disney Televison Animation's Darwing Duck)
- Babe the Blue Ox (Disney's Paul Bunyan)
- Otis, Daisy, and Ben (Nickelodeon Movies' Barnyard)
- Count Nosferamoo
- Cow Lady (My Hero Academia)
- Madam Bovine (also known as Daisy, Meet the Feebles)
- Tauren species (Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft)
Cattle (Bos taurus) are large domesticated, hooved herbivores. They are the most prominent and widespread of the modern members of the bovids, and they are grown almost exclusively for meat (beef or veal), milk, skin hides, and their dung, which can be used to create manure or fuel.
- A bull is an intact (i.e. not castrated) adult male. A father bull is called a sire with reference to his offspring, a castrated male is called a steer (US), and a castrated male kept for draft or riding purposes is called an ox.
- Cow is the female of the species A young female before she has had a calf of her own and who is under three years of age is called a heifer (p. heiferettes). Heiferettes with a calf lineage become dams.
- Calves (s. calf) are young cattle, regardless of sex, until they are weaned, then they are called yearlings or stirks.
- Oxen (s. ox) are, commonly, castrated adult male cattle used as riding animals and draft animals.
- Bullocks are also castrated adult male cattle, which in this case are used to pull carts, plows, and other implements.
- Maverick is an unbranded bovine of either sex (US/AU).
Bulls are more muscular and aggressive than the females of the species, and due to their temperament, handling requires precaution. Cows have prominent pink breasts on their underbellies called udder, and both genders play a significant role in beef ranching, dairy farming, and a variety of sporting and cultural activities, including bullfighting and bull riding.
Cattle are highly social animals, bonding to their herd mates (or, particularly if isolated, to human caregivers), and they engage in social grooming and play.
Bovines and furry
The minotaur is among some of the ancient mythical characters that have been adopted by the furry fandom at large thanks to its part-human, part-animal design. For example, Min, the minotaur from the webcomic series Dungeons & Denizens, is essentially an anthro bull.
The Tauren from Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft is also a fandom favorite due to the design and development effort Blizzard put into the species.
Cows are often seen in the furry fandom, with most involved in adult paraphilias like breast-themed (multiple nipples, various locations [chest or crotch area], multiple genders, etc.) or hyper-sexualized themes.
Known bovines in the furry fandom media
- Mellany Melons (artist Elton Portilho)
- Lorenda Soulstealer (artist Amber Williams)
- Terrorbull (artist Shawntae Howard)
- Cow (The Pawpet Show, artist ?)
- Messy Cow (artist Weng Chen)
- Mora Linda, Minos, and Alejandra Coldthorn (Las Lindas, artist Chalodillo)
- Mrs. Bull (artist ShoNuff44)
- Milky Bell (artist S-L-B)
- Vlanche (artist Bob M. Guthrie)
- Bovine on Wikipedia
- Cattle on Wikipedia
- Bull on Wikipedia
- Ox on Wikipedia
- Bovine species
- Bovine characters
- Bovine-hybrid characters
- Bovine search results in DeviantArt
- Bovine search results in Fur Affinity
|Some of this page is derived from Wikipedia. The original article was at Bovine. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with WikiFur, the text of Wikipedia is available under CC-BY-SA and the GFDL.|