With the pandemic still raging, one might think scientists wouldn’t have a whole lot of extra time on their hands. And, apparently, one would be wrong.
New Zealand scientists have been investing time into a study to determine whether cows can be potty trained, according to the scientific journal Modern Biology. What’s more, is the study has proven to be a success; of 16 cows involved in the project, 11 now use the “MooLoo” whenever the urge strikes them, says lead author Lindsay Matthews. “The cows are at least as good as children, age 2 to 4 years, and at least as quick,” Matthews says.
Calves trained to urinate in an indoor latrine "showed a level of performance comparable to that of children." https://t.co/fqNOrgATwP
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The University of Auckland scientists who conducted the study actually had a good reason to do it: Cow urine contains nitrogen, which becomes ammonia when mixed with feces, Matthews says. And ammonia in the environment leads to acid rain, tainted water supplies, and other issues.
Is it easy to potty train a child or a puppy?