A 15-year-old named Mitchell Miner has been getting his heifer, Audri, ready for the Iowa State Fair this weekend for quite some time, which means he spends much of his day feeding her, brushing her, walking her, and washing her. In that time they've established quite a bond, which Miner's dad got the perfect photo of right after Audri's showing that Sunday:
The Desmoines Register reports that Miner and Audri had both been up since three a.m. to get ready for her showing, and at the end they were exhausted. They curled up in the hay together and dozed off.
Everyone on the Internet is losing their minds and hearts over the two friends, though apparently it's not that uncommon for farm kids to snuggle the livestock:
Miner told reporters that he hasn't thought too much about his close relationship with the heifer, but he seems to think it's pretty unremarkable.
"She likes to lay down quite a bit," Miner said. "I don't really understand the bond with my animal either. She just enjoys my company."