Cows are toilet trained as part of a research project on global warming in Germany. In the project led by behavioral science researchers, 11 out of 16 cows have succeeded in toilet training so far. According to the researchers involved in the project, toilet training for cows was easier than expected.
Lindsay Matthew, a scientist who studies the behavior patterns of animals:
“At the end of an intensive education process, some children can learn in a few days. However, most children’s learning takes days, weeks or even months. We met with these cows 15 times, they were fully educated after training to urinate 20-25 times daily on average.”
Cows were toilet-trained In 15 days with reward-punishment rule
Within the scope of the training, the reward and punishment rule was applied and the cows were instructed to urinate in a certain area. Cows are prohibited from defecating in open areas. Cows that successfully followed the instructions were given a sugary liquid as a reward. Cows urinating outside, at the designated area were punished with cold water pressure.
AccordIng to researchers, excessIve amount of urIne IS causIng envIronmental problems In Europe
According to Lindsay Matthew, a cow empties an average of 30 liters of urine per day. The mixture of urine and feces of cows indoors produces ammonia gas, which causes acid rain. According to scientific research, acid rain is formed by the mixing of fossil fuel wastes into the natural water cycle. Matthew mentiones that animal’s urinating outside causes another problem:
“When animals urinate outside, their urine meets nitrate in the soil, which contaminates the waterways. When the nitrate concentration is high, this causes various diseases such as blue baby syndrome. Then the nitrate is converted to nitrous oxide, which is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide.”