Cuddling cows for stress relief is ‘naturally relaxing’, animal shelter says


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Moo-ve over, goat yoga: There’s a new anti-stress farm animal in town.

Cows – baby cows, to be exact.

“Fox & Friends Weekend” hosts Saturday, Sat. Feb. 24, 2022, were joined by three very special guests: three calves from Rose Bridge Farm & Sanctuary in Dresher, Penn.

The calves – named Angel, Paula Deen and Pumpkin – serve as therapy cows.

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All the calves presented to the program – barely a month old – are rescue animals.

“So it’s cow therapy. Why do people need cow therapy?” asked co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy.

Close up of cows. “When you cuddle a cow,” said one farmer, “your brain releases oxytocin, and it makes you feel a strong sense of connection and love with the cow.”
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The answer, according to farmer Casey Rockwell of Rose Bridge Farm & Sanctuary, is rooted in science.

“Cows have a lower heart rate than humans, so it’s naturally relaxing to snuggle up to them and spend time with them,” she said.

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“When you cuddle a cow,” she continued, “your brain releases oxytocin, and it makes you feel a strong sense of connection and love with the cow.”

“When you snuggle up to a cow, your brain releases oxytocin.”

Co-host Pete Hegseth spent time cuddling the black and white calf named Paula Deen.

A remarkable chorus of “awws” came from his co-hosts and the crowd in Fox Square.

Cows in a pasture.  Cows like to be stroked and clawed under the chin, according to farmers at Rose Bridge Farm and Sanctuary.

Cows in a pasture. Cows like to be stroked and clawed under the chin, according to farmers at Rose Bridge Farm and Sanctuary.
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“This is the first time I’ve felt good the whole show,” he joked.

“I can finally relax.”

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Cain was “pointed” to Pumpkin, a red calf, and after some initial trepidation, Campos-Duffy kissed Angel, who is red and white.

Cows, like cats and dogs, like to be petted and scratched under the chin, said farmer Natalie Whitman.

Pennsylvania Animal Sanctuary staff said that "somebody" is a good candidate for cow hug therapy, as demonstrated on "Fox and friends weekend" on Sat 24 Sep 2022.

Pennsylvania Animal Sanctuary staff say “anyone” is a good candidate for cuddle therapy, as demonstrated on “Fox and Friends Weekend” on Saturday, September 24, 2022.
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“They’re basically like giant puppies,” she said.

Pennsylvania Animal Sanctuary staff say ‘anyone’ is a good candidate for cow cuddle therapy – and to protect both the human and the cow, they usually have younger clients who hold the calves.

“Usually people get so excited because it’s quite unusual to see cows that young,” Rockwell said.

“They’re only a month old.”

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The cows were rescued from a calf auction, staff said.

In addition to cow cuddling time, people can book ‘cuddling and feeding’ sessions with the other baby farm animals including kittens, goats, horses and rabbits on the farm. and at the animal shelter.

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“Glamping on the farm” is also available at Rose Bridge Farm & Sanctuary, according to its website – which sounds really delicious.


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