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Genetically engineered cow butts

Make livestock grow distinctive markings
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A recent study (linked) found that painting “eyes” on cows butts reduced attacks by predators. Theory is that predators are less likely to attack if the victim appears to be watching them. The evidence is weak - and I think if it was true, some animals would have already evolved to grow those kind protective markings.

No matter, there’s money to be made in research grants and marketing. Breed livestock to grow eye-like patterns on their butts - and not stop there. Patterns for branding, commercial ads, even caricatures of politicians might be find a place there...

kdf, Aug 21 2020

The study ... https://arstechnica...ward-off-predators/
Posted by Arse Technica, of course . [kdf, Aug 21 2020]

Use a template Pussy_20Placement
[DenholmRicshaw, Aug 21 2020]

The last known survivor stalks his prey in the night, and he's watching us all with... https://www.google....EAE&biw=896&bih=438
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Aug 22 2020]

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       Easier to use a template
DenholmRicshaw, Aug 21 2020
  

       I'm not sure what the predation rate is amongst cattle herds normally, but yes a study should be done. You'll want some with dazzle-pattern, some with various camo paint jobs.   

       //I think if it was true, some animals would have already evolved to grow those kind protective markings.// WKTE, actually.
FlyingToaster, Aug 21 2020
  

       We suggest breeding very large moths with eye-spot wing markings and a compulsion to perch on the rear ends of cows.   

       After all, how hard can it be ?
8th of 7, Aug 22 2020
  

       Being from NZ, I was imagining some sort of cold inducing advancement. A cold stare is close.
wjt, Aug 22 2020
  

       //The evidence is weak - and I think if it was true, some animals would have already evolved to grow those kind protective markings.//   

       What [FlyingToaster] said. [link]   

       I don't think this is a breed-able trait. Coat patterns are mostly epigenetic.
tatterdemalion, Aug 22 2020
  

       Hunger will win out.   

       [DenholmRicshaw] Link. Apple might be interested.   

       The gene combinatorics to get, spine networked, motion detecting, cells on the rump is going to be a quantum AI cluster problem.
wjt, Aug 23 2020
  
      
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