The Secret Life of Cows - Wild at Heart
A film by Herbert Ostwald
Documentary (52 min.), ZDF/Arte
Unique throughout Germany, nearly three hundred cattle live year-round on pastures in the Hohenzollernalb, the herd comprising bulls, cows and calves. More than 35 years ago their farmer decided to give them the chance to live an animal-friendly life and began the outdoor experiment. Now, these descendants of former stable cows defy heat, hail and snow, sharing their meadows with foxes, flies and flocks of birds. The character traits and behaviours of these cattle increasingly resemble those of their extinct ancestors. For a year, the camera closely follows this wild herd, documenting its joys and dramas.