Headbutting lessons

It sure looks as if this sheep is teaching the cow to butt heads, as there’s no serious cranical contact. How lovely to have seen this, though!

And here’s an adorable baby goat acting according to the dictates of its DNA.  The cat, of course, isn’t having any headbutting.


  1. Posted August 22, 2020 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Presumably the ram is being territorial and trying to intimidate the bullock, but (fairly sensibly) doesn’t go through with full head clashes?

  2. Posted August 22, 2020 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    The woke could use these skills. Headbutting with ideological opponents without “hurting’ themselves.

  3. merilee
    Posted August 22, 2020 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    My cats are damned good at head-butting me!

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted August 22, 2020 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

      I was going to say, one of our cats is named Bumper and he did not get the name for nothing.

      • merilee
        Posted August 22, 2020 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

        Great name!

  4. rickflick
    Posted August 22, 2020 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Ferdinand the bull would be as kind.

  5. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 22, 2020 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    I’m kinda keen on this bull-fighting duck. If I recall the corrida de toros terminology correctly from Papa’s Death in the Afternoon and The Sun Also Rises, this move is known as a “citars“:

    • rickflick
      Posted August 22, 2020 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

      That must be where geese got their reputation.

  6. kelskye
    Posted August 22, 2020 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Headbutting seems a really strange behaviour to have evolved given the precious cargo of the head. Feels like it’s a very high stakes manoeuvre.

    • Linda Calhoun
      Posted August 23, 2020 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      Goats have a sinus between their outer cranium and their inner cranium, so the brain is protected during head butting.

      That’s why you hear that “hollow pumpkin” thump.


  7. Don Mackay
    Posted August 23, 2020 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    The sheep is definitely a ram. He is puzzled the steer(?)is not playing the game! Two rams deciding to fight would back off equal number of paces, about 10m and rush towards each other, without stopping, to collide head on. The noise is horrific and the fight continue for up to an hour or till they are literally both punch drunk. I have seen one ram kill the other in these fights. Basic rule with rams is never to turn your back on them if you have to walk into their paddock.

  8. openidname
    Posted August 23, 2020 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    “Teaching” the bull to headbutt would imply that the sheep has a theory of mind.

    Yet, if it doesn’t have a theory of then why is it pulling its punches? Doesn’t that suggest that it knows that the bull doesn’t share its understanding of the art of headbutting?

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