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Cows can be ‘toilet trained like kids’ for a greener environment, German study finds

Can cows be toilet trained as easily as toddlers? The answer is, it may even be easier.

In a research project in Germany, behavior specialists successfully trained 11 out of 16 cows.

Cows developed this skill at a rate similar to that of children, according to study leader Lindsay Matthews.

In just 15 days, the researchers trained the animal to pass a designated gate, to enter an AstroTurf-covered enclosure nicknamed a “MooLoo”.

Because the project had a tight deadline, the scientists gave the cattle diuretics to get them to urinate more. All kidding aside, this business could keep urine from polluting the earth.

Massive amounts of urine waste threaten the environment, especially in Europe. A single cow can produce around 30 liters of urine per day.

“When you have animals outside, urea can turn into nitrates in the soil and then pollute the waterways, causing all kinds of problems in the waterways,” says Matthews, a scientist at the University of Auckland in New Zealand who worked with colleagues. on testing in an animal lab in Germany.

“Nitrates are converted into nitrous oxide, which is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide,” he adds.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, nitrous oxide accounted for 7% of greenhouse gases in the United States in 2019.

However, animal husbandry poses an even greater environmental concern: it also produces methane which is a major cause of global warming.

Nonetheless, this experiment proved that it is possible to potty train other animals and how smart cows are.


euronews Gt