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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Feeling lonely in lockdown? Try hugging a sheep

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 A German farm is offering individuals who discover themselves feeling deprived of human contact ensuing from coronavirus restrictions an unusual distinction: the possibility to cuddle a sheep.

“We have marvelous sheep here who like it very much if they get visitors,” said Lexa Voss, who runs an educational program on a farm near Hattingen in western Germany to encourage people to get nearer to animals.

“I allow people to visit the sheep unattended, and have a wonderful time with them in nature and far away from any masks and social distancing.”

Visitors must information an appointment, nevertheless can get as shut as they want to the shaggy sheep. The intervals are free of value although visitors are requested for donations for the farm.

Therese Pfeffer cherished her encounter with the animals.

“At the moment we avoid being close to each other. We are always at a distance,” she said. “To be honest, I always walk by sheep pastures and they run away. And here it is very different. It’s great.”

Reporting by Andi Kranz and Ute Swart, writing by Emma Thomasson

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