A 15-year-old boy named Mitchell Miner and his cow Audri recently participated in the Iowa State Fair dairy kettle show. Despite their hard work and effort, they finished only fifth out of seven. Feeling exhausted, the duo took a nap, when the boy’s father came in and snapped a photo of them snuggling side by side.
The picture was shared with the following caption: “Our son Mitchell and his heifer after showing yesterday.” It immediately went viral and gained more than 15,000 likes by the next day.
“I think it’s just when you spend that much time with them, they get really comfortable,” Laura Miner, the boy’s mother, told the Des Moines Register. Both she and her husband grew up on a farm, but now that they live elsewhere, they want their children to connect to their roots. Therefore, the family borrows animals for the summer so that her kids can get a feel for the farm life.
“We learned a lot from the farm,” Jeremy Miner, Mitchell’s dad, said. “We have those values instilled in us and we are trying to do what we can to preserve that.”
As for Audri the napping cow, she will be heading back to the dairy farm once the showings finish in September.