It seems cows are clever than we may have given them credit for. This is a recollection of the Second World War by a Russian woman, in which she remembers how they hid from the Germans and their dogs. Note what she says about the cows, who seemed to know exactly what was needed and why.
The Germans and their dogs .. the fur on their dogs glistening … When they came through the forest, we hid in the swamp. Up to our necks in water. Women, children. And the cows alongside the people. Silent. The cows were silent, just like the people. They understood everything!
See another cow-quote, this one more peaceful.
Source: Marina Tikhonovna Isaichik, interviewed by Svetlana Alexievich, Secondhand Time: The last of the Soviets, trans. by Bela Shayevich (New York: Random House, 2017), p. 89
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