Friday, February 1, 2013

Boiler Vet Camp II

Me with my arm in Buttercup's rumen
This is Buttercup, the "donor cow"
One of the really cool things that we did at the Junior Boiler Vet Camp was getting to stick our arms into a cow's rumen. If you were wondering, the whole in Buttercup's side doesn't hurt her and it actually saves other cows because she gives rumen fluids to cows in need. Also, when we all had our arms in her, she couldn't feel that either! It was mostly just chewed up grass because there aren't any digestive acids in the rumen, and we could also feel the rumen rotating and moving. It was a really neat experience.

1 comment:

  1. You need to read "All Creatures Great and Small" by James Harriot. He was a country vet in Yorkshire, England. This is a GREAT book! Very heartwarming and FUNNY.