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COWS and DRAMA: Time For Cows

The Nguni

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Cast In Order Of Appearance:

Announcer
Reporter
Nguni

SFX: opening Time For Cows theme music

ANNOUNCER

Cows in South Africa? Today we're talking about the Nguni.

SFX: moo

REPORTER

You're a breed from the past.

NGUNI

Very true. Yes. We have been developing in the African environment for thousands of years. We are a sub-type of the African Sanga cattle.

REPORTER

I'm told you have characteristics of both Bos Taurus and Bos Indicus cattle.

NGUNI

Very true. Yes. Our ancestors came here with the Nguni tribe and the Khoi people from the central lakes area of Africa. We are now in South Africa, mostly found in Swaziland, Zululand and Mozambique.

REPORTER

Very interesting. Now you have mainly been a draft animal all this time.

NGUNI

Yes. Very true. We pull. And we pull well, my friend. We are not that large. We are very stocky and strong. And we're colorful. Our fine short hair has many different mixtures of black, white, red, brown, cream and dun.

REPORTER

Dun?

NGUNI

Dun. I am talking about the color ‘dun’. It's a brownish gray or a grayish brown.

REPORTER

Well, which is it?

NGUNI

Which is what?

REPORTER

Dun. Which color is it? Brownish gray or grayish brown?

NGUNI

Is there a difference?

REPORTER

Well, yes. One leans more to the brown side of things and the other leans more towards the gray side of things.

NGUNI

I'm a cow.

REPORTER

Yes. I can see that.

NGUNI

So the color dun does both, depending on the light. That's why the color is called dun and not grayish brown or brownish gray. Have you been outside too long today?

REPORTER

Why do you ask?

NGUNI

You talk as if you've had too much sun or too many ticks have bitten you and have been sucking your blood.

REPORTER

Ewww.

NGUNI

Yes. Very true. Light-headed. You sound light-headed. We have lots of sun here in Africa. Perhaps you should go rest in the shade.

REPORTER

Are there any ticks there?

NGUNI

Ticks are everywhere in the world. Go rest under that tree.

REPORTER

Okay. I think I will. Would you care to join me?

NGUNI

No thank you. I feel like browsing some steep slopes now. I am very good at foraging in places like that. Also in thick bush.

REPORTER

Are you sure? That shade looks awfully nice.

NGUNI

I'm a Nguni cow. I don't need shade like you. Go rest.

SFX: moo
SFX: closing Time For Cows theme music

* CORRECTION: Nguni is pronounced een-GUU-nee, not nah-GUU-nee. We apologize for the mistake.

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