For a little “happy news” and something to smile at, a man and one of his cows have formed a special bond and friendship. Philip Hughes, who is an Australian dairy farmer and one of the cows in his herd have formed a very cute relationship. One of the heifers in his herd, in Edith Creek, North West Tasmania, has taken a particular liking to him. He has named her Vera, and she responds to this name. She often follows him around and seeks him out. She will even go in the complete opposite direction from the rest of the cows just so that she can be near him and stay close to him as he does his herding rounds. This friendly cow, Vera, comes to greet her farmer friend each morning. Hughes stated in an interview with ABC that he believes that Vera thinks he is her calf. The heifer, Vera, even makes familiar noises that cows often make to their calfs towards Hughes and licks him affectionately like a pet dog would. Vera follows Philip everywhere around the pasture and likes to stay close by his side. He can call out to Vera among the herd of cows and she will come happily trotting over to him in response. Cows and people might not often be the best of friends, and cows aren’t usually what we think of as loving pets, but this sweet cow and her dairy farmer, Philip, have shown us a wonderful yet unusual friendship. The video by ABC documenting the peculiar, cute friendship between this man and cow has been spreading lots of happiness and has over one million views! Check out the video in the attached link.
Article written by Tallulah Gilbreath ‘20