How do you tell if your cow is feeling emotional? Just feel her nose!

A critical part of improving the treatment of animals involves minimizing their distress as much as possible. But while it can be obvious when an animal is in pain, knowing when an animal is happy can be more difficult. In this study, the authors observe that the temperature of a cow’s nose goes down when it is experiencing positive emotions (in this case, enjoying being petted — yes, apparently even cows like teh pets!). However, this finding is complicated by the fact that nasal temperatu

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