For centuries, farmers have known that their livestock not only gather in large herds but also tend to face the same way when grazing.
It wasn’t until Google Earth images from all over the world were examined by a team of German researchers however, that they realised that cattle generally line themselves up like compasses on a North-South axis. And they aren’t the only animals to do so – deer, flies, bees and goldfish naturally line up in a similar way when left alone.
So what looks like a desire to be part of the herd and do what everyone else is doing is actually a more fundamental instinct.
As humans we all regularly follow the herd too. Maybe like the cattle however we should pay more attention to our instincts.
Sometimes they may line us up with the herd, but even when they don’t, they still might be worth following.