Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Bovinophobia: The Fear of Cattle

Bovinophobia is an irrational fear of cattle and other domesticated ungulates. There are a couple of reasons why people have this phobia. Some with the phobia may have had a bad encounter with cattle before, such as being chased or intimidated in some way. Others may not have had an encounter but just strongly believe that a cow or bull will attack them if they get too close. Whatever the reason, Bovinophobia is a real fear and is nothing to joke about.

I’m very glad I don’t have this phobia since a herd of cattle just moved in down the street. However, a house guest of mine is a bit apprehensive about our new neighbors. She was chased by a bull when she was young and is terrified of any type of cattle now. She’s actually the reason why I looked this one up. I had never heard of it before now.

Are you scared of cows? Tell us why and how they make you feel.

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