Aussie mourns aunt with heart-shaped ewes

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An Australian farmer couldn’t go to his aunt’s funeral in late August because of pandemic restrictions, so he paid his respects with a novel alternative: dozens of sheep arranged in the shape of a love heart. Drone-shot video of pregnant ewes munching barley in a paddock while unwittingly expressing Ben Jackson’s affection for his beloved Auntie Deb was viewed by mourners at her funeral in the Queensland capital, Brisbane. Jackson was 430 kilometers away at the time, locked down at his farm in the town of Guyra, in the state of New South Wales. “It took me a few goes to get it right ... and the final result is what you see. That was as close to a heart as I could get it,” Jackson said on Aug. 26. Jackson started experimenting with making shapes with sheep to relieve the monotonous stress of hand-feeding livestock during a devastating drought across most of Australia that broke in the early months of the pandemic. He discovered that if he spelled the names of his favorite musical bands with grain dropped from the back of a truck, then the flock would roughly adopt the same shape for several minutes. (AP) This article was provided by The Japan Times Alpha.

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