Holey Cow!

Mississippi State University maintains a small herd of "Holey cows". These cows have a portal permanently installed in their sides which provides access to the contents of their stomachs. During the open house at the College of Veterinary Medicine, children and adults are allowed to reach into one of the stomachs and examine the contents.


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  • Martin LaBar 9y

  • Bill Lollar 9y

    Now that's really gross!
  • SouthernBelladonna 9y

  • Plastic Bert 9y

    Is that a real or fake cow. because if it's alive.. then that is so Cruel. Poor cows having a hole on their stomachs, and then having someon touching their guts every minute. that's really bad!
  • Roger Smith 9y

    It's very much a real cow. They have several of them. The portal is added for research purposes. It doesn't seem to bother them, you'll normally see them happily doing cow-like things in the field. Only one of them participates in the open house once per year, so they don't have to endure this very often.
  • Heather Bell 9y

    That is some amazing educational tool. Just dont stand to close behind them.
  • Elizabeth 9y

    Ew ew ew! That's rather disturbing...
  • Olizwell 7y

    I've seen tons of pictures of these things. I really want to do it! I wonder how they keep the cow from getting bacteria into its stomach.
  • mister brown 7y

    wow! sick! amazing! sick! amazing?
  • Christopher Piemonte 2y

    Plastic Bert Considering u made this comment 7 years ago, Plastic Bert, you'll probably never see this comment but I have to post it any way, to educate people. I encourage u to educate urself, b4 u freak out & start posting some bleeding heart liberal B.S.(e.g. "Poor cows", "So cruel" ect.) when u have ZERO clue what u r talkin about. If u read this article: www.thelantern.com/media/storage/paper333/news/2003/12/02... , u will become educated on this subject. The main point in the article is that cannulated cows (that the technical term for cows with port or "cannula" installed in them) are not only unaffected by the cannulas(which are humanely & painlessly installed by surgery) they are actually MUCH HEALTHIER than normal cows, so much so that a lot of cattle farmers will install a cannula in a cow or to, JUST TO INCREASE THE OVERALL HEALTH AND MORRAL OF THE HERD. So do u research b4 u start crying Plastic Bert, or be an educated, hippie, liberal douche. It's ur call
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