Boy suckles from cow

A Cambodian boy has worked out the quickest way to get fresh milk is to suck it straight from a cow’s teats.

Tha Sophat, a 20-month-old boy, suckles from a cow in Koak Roka village, Siem Reap province, Cambodia

20-month-old Tha Sophat started suckling the cow in July after the boy’s parents left their rural village in search of work says his grandfather UM Oeung.

Um Oeung said the boy learnt by watching a calf do it. He says 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.

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

Um Oeung said the cow doesn’t mind the boy suckling but he is worried about his grandson’s health if he continues.

Published sept 12 2011