Highland Coos have captured the imagination of just about everyone who has come to Scotland. With their shaggy coats and horns (and their strange resemblance to hairy mammoths), these animals should instil fear into us. However, Highland Coos are really quite gentle, only becoming aggresive if they are protecting their calf. Most of us find them quite irresistible, and anyone who has visited Scotland and seen these creatures for themselves will find they are left with a lasting impression!
Highland Coos – what makes them unique?
- In the wild these creatures are incredibly maternal, sometimes hiding their babies away and returning to suckle them a couple of times a day.
- The long fringe of hair is called the dossan and it protects their eyes from wind, rain and insects.
- The characteristic long hair that you can see is oily and designed for all weather protection – underneath there is a soft downy layer which keeps them warm.
- The people of the highlands used to keep their coos in the house – either underneath or in a room beside them – this would provide free heat – ah those canny Scots!
- They may have come over to Scotland with the vikings!
“Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; None show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.” Thomas de Quincey
Our Rustic Red Highland Coos
- Offcuts of recycled whisky barrel wood
- Interesting bits of driftwood
- An eclectic mix of yarns for dreadlocks
Throw everything in together, mix well, add a dash of imagination. Make in pairs – they hate to be separated!