A conservation biologist at the University of New South Wales may have come up with a way to save the lives of both cows and lions in Botswana.
Lions eat the cows, which are not much different from their usual fare of wild animal. Farmers shoot the lions, because cattle are essential to their survival. So Dr. Neil R. Jordan paints eyes on the hind end of the cows, as lions are far less likely to charge prey that they think is looking at them. A small-scale experiment seems promising.
In an unfortunate coincidence, both major political parties seem to have adopted the tactic this election year, although the GOP apparently has altered it slightly by using a horse and combing its tail over.