Sunday, September 11, 2011

Toddler Suckles Milk From Cow After Parents Leave Him

Um Oeung says 20-month-old Tha Sophat started suckling the cow in July after he saw a calf do the same.

Tha Sophat suckles milk from a cow in Nokor Pheas village, 195 miles from the Cambodian capital. He began suckling directly from a cow as part of his daily meals since his parents left to work in Thailand

Um Oeung told The Associated Press he pulled the boy away at first. He relented after his grandson protested loudly and the boy has suckled the cow's milk once or twice a day since then.

The boy watched a calf nurse from its mother, and began to do the same thing, feeding direcly from the cow each day, his grandfather said

Tha Sophat has lived with his grandparents in Siem Reap province in northwest Cambodia since his parents moved to Thailand looking for work.

Neighbours and local officials in the village of Pheas in Siem Reap province, about 195 miles from the capital Phnom Penh, say they are not happy about the nursing
Um Oeung said Friday the cow doesn't mind the boy suckling but he is worried about his grandson's health if he continues. Mail online

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