"The tale of a laid-back heifer who finds himself placed in charge of the animals while the famer (sic) is away..."OK, Bogus Steve, you've just REALLY displayed your ignorance with your use of the term "HEIFER." Let me quote from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Glossary of Terms:
"Heifer: Young female bovine cow prior to the time that she has produced her first calf."And just in case you're still confused, let me provide the definition for the term "COW," from the same source:
"Cow: Sexually mature female bovine animal that has usually produced a calf."Seriously--you owe it to yourself to go and read Bogus Steve's comments in their entirety, because while he lacks the ability to form a coherent sentence (the only parts of his comments that make sense are the parts that he is quoting from other sources), he wants us to believe that he is actually a Hollywood screenwriter. But hey--he thought of everything, and even went so far as to create a Blogger profile identifying himself as "STEVE OEDEKERK" and providing a link to "STEVE OEDEKERK'S HOMEPAGE!" Which goes, um...nowhere. Come ON, Bogus Steve--you could have at least put forth a little effort and linked here.
In his next comment--he had to leave two, because I apparently really ticked him off with my "Barnyard" criticism, Bogus Steve asserts that I am, in fact, ignorant of mule biology, because, according to Bogus Steve (the caps and grammar/syntax errors are his),
"ACTUALLY 98% OF MULES ARE NOT STERILE SAME PERCENTAGE AS LIGERS BUT YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT IF YOUVE DONE SO MUCH RESEARCH ON OUR FILMS."Here is where I realize that I'm dealing with someone who may have "forgotten" to take his meds today. Or for a few days in a row. But in the interest of any poor person to whom Bogus Steve may seem like a reliable source, and may be miseducated as a result, let me respond to this last bit of, um...WRONGNESS. (And also, please let me add that I didn't do any research on "your" films, other than to verify that the writers of "Barnyard" did, indeed, intend for the udder-bearing cattle in their movie to be MALE.)
If you meant to say that 98% of mules ARE sterile, that would be closer to the actual fact, though I can't find anything to support the notion that the extremely rare instances of fertile Molly mules would equal even 2% of the mule population. This fact is documented in so many places, that it's silly to even argue the point. And there is no documentation anywhere that I can find of a mule-to-mule breeding having produced offspring--in the rare cases, estimated at one in a thousand, of Molly mules giving birth, the sires were donkeys or horses. The reason for this mule-to-mule sterilty seems to be that a pair of mules just do not have the right combination of chromosomes needed to match up and create an embryo. It just ain't possible, Bogus Steve. Sorry.
And, um...ligers? OK, Napoleon Dynamite, although I had no previous knowledge of ligers except what I got from my Childcraft Encyclopedia many years ago, it didn't take much Googling to learn that their reproductive status is somewhat similar to that of mules, in that they don't reproduce with each other: That is, the female ligers can bear offspring if bred to lions or tigers, but not when bred to other ligers, the males being sterile. Whatever THAT has to do with anything.
Seriously, what is up with someone who would go to that much trouble just to wind up looking stupid? I guess it doesn't matter, if you don't have the guts to even use your real identity.
Incidentally, if you've ever watched the Nickelodeon cartoon series, "Rocko's Modern Life," you know that this whole bovine gender-confusion issue is not an isolated incident. Rocko the wallaby's best friend is a self-identified steer (MALE), whose name is "Heifer." Go figure. He was also raised by Wolves. There are some serious animal education issues at Nickelodeon.