SCILLY ISLANDS, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 20: Cows graze at Troytown Farm, Britain’s most southwestern farm in St Agnes on the Isles of Scilly on February 20, 2017 in Cornwall, England. Many businesses on the islands are now gearing up for the upcoming tourist season which normally begins to see increasingly large increases in visitor numbers starting in April, before peaking in August and early September, before decreasing to new at the end of October beginning of November. The Temperate Isles of Scilly, with a population of just over 2,200, are an archipelago of five main inhabited islands located among hundreds of smaller islands and rocky islets, located about 28 miles off the tip southwest of the Cornish Peninsula, making it the west of England and the southernmost place in the UK. Originally, to support the islanders, the Scillonian economy relied heavily on trade with the mainland, with industries such as seaweed harvesting, pilotage, smuggling, fishing, shipbuilding and, more recently , floriculture. However, more recently tourism has become the major part of the local economy, estimated at 85% of the islands’ income and around 63% of all jobs. Arrival to the lowland group of islands is currently only by small plane from Exeter, Newquay or Land’s End, or and only during the summer, by the Scillonian lll ferry from Penzance. (Photo by Matt Cardy / Getty Images)
In upstate New York, there is a farm called Mountain Horse Farm where you can pay to cuddle cows! In fact, cow hugs have been shown to help relieve stress and anxiety.
More precisely, according to NPR, hugging cows increases oxytocin levels due to social bonding. Since cows are big, hot, and have a slower heart rate than humans, we can bond with them just by being around them. But hugs work even better!
The owner of the farm, Suzanne Vullers, is from the Netherlands, where cows hugging is called “koe knuffelen”. She is very passionate about their animals and encourages choice and respect when you book a cuddle session. Cows are not raised there and they are not used for any type of product like beef or milk. These cows from upstate New York are literally living their best life on the farm and they’re ready to cuddle YOU!
Mountain Horse Farm also offers accommodation and they require you to stay with them in order to cuddle and connect with the animals.
A 60-minute session for a maximum of 2 people costs $ 75. A 60-minute session for up to 4 people costs $ 125. You must be at least 16 years old to participate so unfortunately no children.Source link