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Last Updated: Wednesday August 23 2006 11:46 GMT

Moo! Cows have regional accents

It's not just humans who sound different depending on where they come from - as experts have found cows have regional accents too!

They investigated after farmers claimed their cows had different moos depending on which herd they belonged to.

Experts reckon cows get their accents from those around them, like we do.

The cows aren't the first creatures to be found to have accents, as recent research has uncovered dogs, birds and frogs with certain voices.

The farmers who reported the distinct moos have their own theory about where cows' accents come from.

Farmer Lloyd Green, from Glastonbury, said: "I spend a lot of time with my ones and they definitely moo with a Somerset drawl.

'Close bond'

"I've spoken to the other farmers in the West Country group and they have noticed a similar development in their own herds.

"It works the same as with dogs - the closer a farmer's bond is with his animals, the easier it is for them to pick up his accent."

Professor John Wells from the University of London confirmed that a cow's moo could change to suit the sound made by its herd.

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