The heart-wrenching reason a farmer made his sheep feed in a heart shape

A farmer captured headlines around the world when he made his flock of sheep eat in a heart shape for a heartbreaking reason.

Ben Jackson, from New South Wales, Australia, laid out grain in the shape of a heart in his fields on this day last year (August 26) and flew a drone over the animals to capture beautiful images of their formation.

The feat is an impressive one from a purely aesthetic standpoint, but the reasons behind the spectacle tug at the heartstrings.

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"There was no way I could get up there and see her, say cheerio, or go to the funeral," he told the BBC, alluding to the death of his aunt Debby.

Debby had lost her two-year cancer battle in Queensland, around 250 miles away from Ben amid a strict Covid lockdown in Australia.

This meant that restrictions forbade Ben from going to her funeral in Brisbane.

"So I felt hopeless, helpless – I didn't really know what to do. But because I was doing a bit of feeding already, I just decided to do a massive heart in the ground, which in all earnest, pales in comparison to hers," he said.

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After a few failed attempts and "a bit of guesswork" Ben let the sheep out of the paddocks and they flooded towards the grain.

The result was captured on video by a drone before it went viral and made worldwide headlines.

Ben sent the video to relatives ahead of his aunt's funeral, where it played with Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water over it.

"It was one of her all-time favourite songs and… when I saw it like that, I'll be the first to admit that it was like I had chopped a tonne of onions. It was pretty emotional," he added.


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