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Pigs caught drinking milk from cow on Austrian farm

Hans Gumpitsch says cattle allowed the animals to drink from their udders because they do so 'with a lot of sensitivity'

Caroline Mortimer
Friday 19 August 2016 12:33 BST
(Hans Gumpitsch)

An Austrian farmer has finally solved the mystery of why his cows had no milk - it was being drunk by three local pigs.

Hans Gumpitsch said he had been unable to work out why his cattle were not producing as much during the summer months until passing tourists snapped a picture of the piglets suckling their udders.

The three pigs, which belong to the local mayor Gaimberg Bernhard Webhofer, had been spending the summer months outside in the small town of Nußdorf-Debant in southern Austria.

Mr Gumpitsch told the Tiroler Tageszeitung the pigs were able to suckle the cows because they “drink from the udder with a lot of sensitivity” - if they had bitten or been too rough the cows would have kicked them away.

He said that after drinking their fill, the eight-month-old piglets like to lie down in the summer for a nap.

Since the milk rustling came to light, Mr Gumpitsch’s farm has become an unlikely tourist attraction with visitors and locals all flocking down to see the spectacle for themselves.

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