<p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/clownhousethethird/2949148067">Flickr/Tobias Ackerboom (at hutmeelz)</a></p>
You've probably heard the phrase "dumb cow" before. Since most people don't live with cows, it's probably easy to imagine they're not as smart as all the animals we live with and love.
But, as these clips show, cows are just as capable of surprising us with their intelligence and emotional capabilities as cats or dogs - and they deserve to be treated just as well.
They know how to work water pumps ...
They form interspecies friendships ...
... and can be quite affectionate.
They understand our poor attempts to communicate.
If there's no one there to scratch them, they'll do it themselves.
They're skilled escape artists.
Seriously, they're really good at escaping.
They learn how to use farming equipment to their advantage.
They're phenomenal mothers.
And, finally, they can experience undeniable joy.