As the baby cow looks deeply into the boy's eyes, the videographer gasps at the moving moment, in which two beings of totally different species seemed to recognize each other.
To people who know how complex and sweet cows can be, this encounter is not surprising. "Cattle are very social beings who form strong herd and family bonds," Susie Coston, national shelter director for Farm Sanctuary, told The Dodo. "They are also super curious. We see calves, like this one, who are drawn to children - because they know they are children. He was being very gentle and bending down to meet this child."