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A Scottish "Sheep" for Trekcapri

Kathy (Trekcapri) has started planning her trip to Scotland, and she mentioned seeing some photos of a beautiful Scottish hillside with sheep grazing and wrote, "It's crazy that I want to see sheep while in Scotland, but have you seen the sheep they have there? They are so different looking. It's funny what things can attract me when traveling."

I can completely relate to this, and I told Kathy that I thought I still had a postcard that a friend sent from Scotland years ago that had one of those sheep on it.

I'm not a complete packrat but I do save cards (and especially postcards) and sure enough, I found the card from Scotland with the sheep on it. I put it on my desk so I'd remember to scan it in to show Kathy.

Well, I looked at that card for about two days until it finally dawned on me - it's not a sheep, it's a BABY COW! Duh! I had to laugh at myself for being so slow. But it IS an unusual looking cow with long fluffy caramel-colored hair, very cute. So Kathy, here's your sheep and keep an eye out for cute cows while you're in Scotland too. :)

The back of the card says that this was taken on the Isle of Skye.

postcard from Scotland

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So cute!The baby cow does look different from our cows here.
The sheep look different too, I can't wait for Kathy's photos.


Annie, I would never have guessed that that was a cow!


That is so funny!

And the baby cow is adorable!

... and here I am laughing at myself because when I read the title of the entry on my Google Reader I thought I read goat and not sheep. I must still be thinking of the goats at the sanctuary.

Anyways, the sheep is a cutie with such a pretty face! I'm looking forward to following along Kathy's trip planning. I'm so excited for her!

This has to be the cutest baby cow I have ever seen! I wonder what type of breed it is to be so furry.

Andrew :

Hi Annie & Girasoli The calf is a baby of the Highland cattle breed. When grown it will have very wide horns. It needs a warm coat to withstand the harsh Scottish winters. Look on Google images under Highland cattle for more pics. Andrew

Kathy (Trekcapri):

LOL!!!Annie, I almost fell out of my chair laughing! First of all that is the cutest little baby cow I have ever seen. Thank you soooo much for taking the time to hunt it down, scan and post it! If I am lucky enough to come across one, I'll probably start laughing thinking of your post.

It is a really pretty cow with the soft looking fur and cute face. In addition to a sheep, this little guy/girl can also pass for a little dog too! Your story is hilarious! Now, I'm going to have to put a cute baby cow on my must see list while in Scotland (hopefully on the island of Skye)! :)

Thank you so much for posting your baby cow (sheep) postcard and for making my day!

Have a great Friday!


Ahhh, that baby cow is SO adorable. What a fun entry, thanks Annie!

Andrew, thank you so much! I just googled and wow, the adults are such majestic animals. The horns are incredible. I think Kathy is going to have a blast taking pics in Scotland!

Kathy, at first I was going to email you and say "never mind about the sheep" but I'm glad I decided to post it anyway! I don't mind looking dumb when it's funny. :)

And you are right, it could almost pass for a cute dog too. When you get a chance, google Highland Cow and check out the adults (thanks to Andrew for id'ing this type of cow for us!).

I can't wait to see the photos you come home from Scotland with!
Happy Friday!

That is one cute cow - unusual but very cute. Wonder how big it would get? menehune

Hi menuhune, google "highland cow" and you'll see - they are pretty big with long hair hanging down in their eyes.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, yes definitely big thanks to Andrew for identifying this little guy. I just googled it and his description is right on. The Highland Cattle is a breed developed in the Scottish Highlands to withstand the cold and harsh Northern climate there. This little guys fur will like Andrew said grow long and they also have long horns. Very interesting.

They are different looking so it's an honest and understandable mistake! I'm so glad you decided to post it Annie! Learned something new and plus it gave us all a good laugh. But of course we are laughing with you and not at you! :)

Have a great Friday!


That is the cutest calf I have ever seen (and calves can be very cute!)

I would have thought he was some sort of sheep/cow mix, with that hair! But Andrew's explaination makes sense.

BTW, Annie, I'm off to Venice tomorrow, yay! Even if it is just a day trip, and not really Slow Travel, it should be great.

Thanks Kathy! :)

Sandra, good to hear from you! Have a wonderful time in Venice (I can't wait to hear all about it).

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, I just love that photo! :)

I found a video of Adam's 20/20 interview if you want to look at it. It's very good and I think you'll like it!


Have a great weekend! :)

Kathy, thank you!

OMG I just saw this! He looks like a teddy bear! Too cute! Love it.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, I was thinking about your post and just wanted to thank you again for introducing me to these beautiful Highland cows. I knew about the sheep but did not know anything about the highland cows until reading your blog post. I am really hoping that I will find a cute baby one just like on your postcard.

Have a great weekend!

Hi Kathy, I hope you find a baby one too! I bet you are getting so excited - only about 40 days or so until your trip, right? I can't wait to see your photos of cows and sheep (and all the other amazing things you find).

Thanks and have a great weekend

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