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Swiss farmer's cows leap for joy of spring

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12:42 CEST+02:00
A video showing the delight of Swiss cows at being let out into the pasture after a long winter has struck a chord around the world, attracting 1.2 million views since it was posted on Facebook last week.

The home video, posted by the Pfister family’s beef farm in Bözen, in the canton of Aargau, shows their cows reacting by jumping and leaping about as they are released into the pasture for the first time in five months under sunny spring skies.

"It's one of the most beautiful moments in a farmer's year," the family wrote under the video.

And it's obviously a moment non-farmers enjoy watching too, as the video has had 1.2 million views and nearly 22,000 likes from users around the world since it was posted on Thursday.

The popularity of the video has surprised farmer Reto Pfister.

“We just wanted to amuse ourselves and our friends, nothing more,” he told local broadcaster TeleM1 of shooting the video.

But the animals’ reaction has obviously touched people.

“It awakens emotions and we see in these images that animals also feel joy,” Pfister added.

Unfortunately for the cows, following spring-like temperatures and a warm foehn wind last weekend, wintry weather is set to return to Switzerland as the week progresses.

According to MeteoSuisse, temperatures will drop to a low of one to two degrees in some places by the weekend, with some snow showers forecast for the mountains.


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