Cambodian boy suckles from cow after parents leave
Milk, mouth and moo: Tha Sophat, a 20-month-old Cambodian boy, suckles from a cow in Koak Roka village, Siem Reap province, Cambodia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2011. Tha Sophat started suckling the cow in July after he saw a calf do the same since his parents moved to Thailand in search of work, said his grandfather UmOeung. (AP/Heng Sinith)A Cambodian man says his young grandson has lived partly on milk he suckles directly from a cow since the boy's parents left their rural village in search of work.
Um Oeung says 20-month-old Tha Sophat started suckling the cow in July after he saw a calf do the same.
Um Oeung told The Associated Press hepulled 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 northwest Cambodia since his parents moved to Thailand in search of work.
Um Oeung said Fiday the cow doesn't mind the young boy suckling but he is worried about his grandson's health if he continues.