> I'm sure if it were a cow they would have recognised it as
> such. They are pretty unmistakable afterall, and their
> behavior patterns are consistant.
So how many highland cattle have you seen wandering around at night? Not too common for anyone except the ranchers, I suspect.
>Cows are incredibly stupid
> animals. They wouldn't have a clue about keeping up an equal
> pace with someone. Also, they either move away from people,
> charge them, or act like they will charge them. But 99% of
> the time they will move away. And they don't hang out on
You might want to read up on the highland breed. They live on and around coastal areas(Scotland has lots of coasts), mild temperment, and have shaggy hair which would resemble fur. As far as the aggresive behavior, that is mainly to the bulls, or a mom protecting the young. But even those qualities are rare in the highland breed!
> I don't know what they saw but clearly it was intelligent and
> not anything normal. The mind naturally wants something to
> turn out to be normal, but clearly what they observed kept
> shattering their ideas about how its probably something
> normal like a cow or bear.
Well I doubt it registered as a bear too much if they stayed around for it to get within 20 feet of them. And the simple fact of not expecting a cow on the beach would tend to throw doubt on such a conclusion to begin with and it being a possible breed they had never encountered before wouldn't have helped matters much.
> The weird thing is about it
> looking right at them. Don't cows have eyes sort of closer to
> the side of their head, rather than straight on the front? I
> don't think cows can look straight at anything, can they? My
> brother has a lot of cows, perhaps I'll take a closer look
> next time at how they look at people. I've been around cows
> quite a bit though, when visiting my brother, and I can't
> imagine a cow behaving like whatever this thing was. They are
> slow and lazy creatures who just like to eat grass and can't
> be bothered to do anything but that.
W-E said it looked up at them and had the eyes of a cow, so I assume it had it's face full on to them, similar to how a cow would turn its whole head around to get a clearer view of something that registered out the corner of it's eye.
When you go out there to your brother's walk up close to one, from behind, but not real close, close enough that it senses you somehow. It will probably turn it's whole head around to get a real good look at you and see if you are something bringing food to it or wants it for food. Also have your brother, or you, take a bucket of food out in the pasture with these cows,letting them know it is food, then walk around the pasture
with this bucket in hand. The cattle will follow you and pace you at whatever speed of walking you are doing, tending to be a constant grazer and expecting a easy meal. A cow out wandering loose, coming upon one or two people walking along, might think it was someone taking the midnight snack to a trough.
W-E very well could have seen something that registered unknown to her/them, but seeing an unknown hairy breed of cattle that tends to roam around at night, during the summer, would be hard to register also if it wasn't something that you have been exposed to often.