Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Harps for Holsteins

The following mention of Cassie the cow and the sanctuary I visited in October comes from this article about the effect of harp music on animals.

Cassie, a black and white cow, lives at the Maple Farm Sanctuary in Mendon, Mass., with about 80 other unwanted livestock. She arrived there last year after jumping a 7-foot-high fence to escape from a slaughter house, said volunteer Tracie Russell.

Even though the cow is now living the good life, it has demonstrated anxiety-related behavior issues. On a recent morning, for example, Russell walked into the barn to find the 1,500 pound Holstein snorting and stomping.

“I was little bit afraid for my safety, I have to say, for the first time,” said Russell. She’s not sure what upset Cassie but decided to try calming her by playing a CD of harp songs. Within 20 minutes, Russell said, the bovine dozed off.


Lisa J. said...

The power of music...

It's often said among us musicians that "music takes over where words leave off." Animals sense that, it speaks to them. They're open to the possibilities of raw emotion and this was a wonderful story for tonight!!

greentangle said...

I suspected you'd like this one. :)