Where Did Cows Come From and Were There Ever Wild Cows Before Cows Were Domesticated?

When you look at their vacant stares, it’s hard to imagine that a cow could survive in the wild.

Pigs, sure, chickens, maybe, but cows? Apparently they did at one time, though.

Although the first cattle were domesticated over 6,000 years ago by the residents of what are now Asia and Switzerland, roving bands of wild cattle called aurochs were depicted on prehistoric cave paintings.

These feral cows had the wits to survive in the wild until 1627, the year that the last known surviving auroch was killed by a poacher on a hunting preserve near Warsaw, Poland.

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