Most 18-month-0ld toddlers are interested in animals, and full of questions – which is how Tha Sophat might have first seen a calf suckling milk from its mother. He’s taken his new knowledge to extremes, though – he now suckles from the cow himself, twice a day.
Tha’s parents left him with his grandfather when they left their hometown in Cambodia to find work in Thailand. Tha struggled to stop breastfeeding and screamed – until he found the answer he was looking for.
Not everyone is happy with the child’s novel way of feeding, however, and Tha’s grandfather reported that several people have complained.
“They blame me and have told me not to let him suckle from the cow anymore. They say the boy will be ashamed when he grows up and that will be naughty.”
Tha’s grandfather was also reported to be worried about the boy’s health, so is currently trying to reduce feeds to just one per day.
“His health is fine, he is strong and he doesn’t have diarrhea.”
It is unknown if regularly suckling directly from a cow is likely to cause any medical complications; but it’s certainly causing some controversy!