A farmer in Australia paid his respects to his late aunt by arranging hundreds of sheep in the shape of a heart after he was unable to attend her funeral due to coronavirus restrictions.
Mourners watched drone footage of Ben Jackson paying tribute to his beloved Aunt Depp on duty in Brisbane, Queensland, 270 miles from his farm in Guerra, New South Wales.
The heart-warming video clip was filmed as pregnant ewes were filmed eating barley on a farm.
“It took me a few times to get it right…and the end result is what you see. It was as close to the heart as I can get,” Jackson said.
He began the experiment by making shapes of sheep during the drought in the early months of an epidemic and found that if he dropped the grain from the back of his truck, the flock would adopt the shape for several minutes.
“It definitely lifted my spirits again in the drought,” he said.
“This heart that you did for my aunt, it definitely seems to have had some impact across Australia.”
“Maybe we all just need to give ourselves a big virtual hug,” he added.
Jackson said he was fortunate to have left any grain on his property after this year’s rat plague that followed the drought.
Continue to supplement the diet of pregnant ewes with grain to improve their prenatal condition.