There’s nothing like the relationship shared between a boy and his cow – just take a look at these photos to see proof of that.
15-year-old Mitchell Miner from Iowa was caught on camera taking a nap with his cow Audri, and the Internet can’t get enough of it.
Their sweet friendship shows the unmatched bond between humans and animals – and proves that cows can be just as sweet (and smart) as dogs.
Mitchell and Audri were hoping to score a blue ribbon at the Iowa State Fair after spending time every day for two months preparing for the big contest.
Mitchell dedicated a lot of time walking, grooming, feeding, and cleaning up after the gentle giant – and in the process, the two formed a solid bond.
They woke up at 3am to get ready for the show, and so they were both pretty sleepy at the end of the whole thing.
Mitchell’s father, Jeremy Miner, walked in on the two snoozing away in the cow’s stall and decided to snap a quick pic of the sweet moment. He later posted the photo to his Facebook page, where it quickly got a lot of likes – over 15,000 likes in just one day!
The photo, which is no longer visible on Facebook, got a lot of comments.
“Moooooooooove over you’re hogging the hay,” joked one user.
“This is too cute,” wrote someone on YouTube.
Mitchell and his cow took home fifth place out of seven contestants. Even though they didn’t win, this nap was well-deserved after all the hard work they put into the competition.
While they weren’t so lucky in their attempts at a win. At least, they are lucky in love!
The sweet footage of them napping together captured the attention of major news outlets like CBS and Fox.
When interviewed by the Des Moines Register, Mitchell said he wasn’t sure how the two became as close as they had.
“She likes to lay down quite a bit,” he told the news outlet. “I don’t really understand the bond with my animal either. She just enjoys my company.”
Of course, mom always knows best. Mitchell’s mom, Laura, had her own ideas about their tight-knit relationship.
“I think it’s just when you spend that much time with them, they get really comfortable with you,” she explained.
Mid-westerners sure know how to give their best to their farm work. According to Mitchell’s father, raising livestock requires a great deal of work and his family is proud of how well they care for their animals.
Both Laura and Jeremy grew up on farms, and they are the first-generation in a long line of farmers to break tradition. Clearly, their son still inherited the gene for it!
“We learned a lot from the farm,” Jeremy said. “We have those values instilled in us and we are trying to do what we can to preserve that.”
The family borrowed Audri for the summer, and sadly, she will head back to her dairy farm in Blairstown in the fall after the family finishes showing her in September.
We can only hope that Mitchell continues to visit his pal – or maybe, just maybe, he can find a way to keep her.
The photo of Mitchell and his beloved cow did catch some blowback, largely because this sweet cow will return to life on a dairy farm before long – and that’s not the best life to live.
“It’s a really cute picture, then you begin to understand that the cow is rented and will go back to a dairy farm where they take their babies away from them so they give milk. Not a happy life…” writes Adriana E. Henricy via Bored Panda.
No matter where you stand in the dairy debate, this story serves as an important reminder that cows have feelings and are incredible creatures – and there’s a lot of scientific research to prove it.