Feeling lonely in lockdown? Try hugging a sheep

As Germany's coronavirus cases rise and lockdown measures continue, a farm in Western Germany is offering people feeling deprived of human contact an unusual alternative: cuddling a sheep

Lexa Voss who runs the educational program on a farm near Hattingen says her marvelous sheep love getting visitors and they react positively toward humans.

After booking an appointment and following certain coronavirus protocols, visitors can get as close as they like to the shaggy sheep.

Therese Pfeffer – a recent visitor – said she thinks hugging sheep is very appropriate right now and a great experience as people have to keep their distance with others during the pandemic.

The cuddle sessions are free of charge, but visitors are asked to make donations to the farm.