Originating from the Highlands of Scotland, this truly spectacular and hardy animal has a long coat to keep the heat in and the cold out. Expert foragers, Highland cows will eat plants that many other cattle won’t. Hamish, ‘an icon of the Scottish Highlands’, was saved from the slaughterhouse during the BSE scare in the 1990s; campaigners argued that he was popular with children, who saw him as a pet. In 2010, Hamish hit the headlines again, when, on meeting his new companion Heather, he danced a ‘Highland fling’. They now happily share a field.