Many have seen snake charmers on TV or in movies. You know – where a man is appearing to hypnotize a snake by playing and waving around an instrument called a pungi…
Well, in this instance, three cows became entranced by an 11-year-old playing her flute. Her rendition of the children’s song ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ was played for the animals on a farm in Bedford, Virginia.
A video recorded by Tara Kamprath captures the moment when her daughter Jessica catches the attention of two British White cows and an Angus steer.
Tara told Storyful that Jessica was on her way to show her neighbor the new song she had learned when the interaction with the cows happened.
“[Jessica] stopped and played a song for the cows. Their reaction was amazing. I had never seen them held so captive with such focus,” Tara told Storyful.
Tara jokingly said the moment has opened up the possibility for future cattle concerts.
“I actually stopped the video too early. The cows came all the way to the fence line, which they rarely do unless we have treats to give. At one point I thought the cows might try to come through the fence to get as close as possible to the music,” she said.
“This experience has really opened our eyes to the power of music with farm animals and we plan on having future concerts for our animals. All 80 of them!”
According to nature.com, “Physiological and psychological effects of listening to music have been documented in humans. The changes in physiology, cognition and brain chemistry, and morphology induced by music have been studied in animal models, providing evidence that music may affect animals similarly to humans.”
For your enjoyment, here are more videos of people performing their musical capabilities for animals who seem to really respond to the sounds!
Credit: Tara Kamprath via Storyful