When COVID-19 restrictions prevented Australian farmer Ben Jackson from attending his beloved Aunt Deb’s funeral, he decided to honor her memory with a novel tribute: a heart made of sheep. A poignant drone video that captured the beautiful moment has struck a chord with many families separated during the pandemic.
Drone video of heart made with sheep is a farewell message
When Deb died after a two-year fight with cancer, Jackson was locked down at his farm in New South Wales, some 270 miles away. Feeling hopeless and helpless, for “there was no way I could get up there and see her, say cheerio, or go to the funeral,” Jackson decided to use his flock of sheep to form a massive heart, which, he insists, “in all earnest, pales in comparison to hers.”
The trick was to lay out the grain that sheep feed on in an outline and release the sheep into the paddock. But it took Jackson a few tries to nail the shape of the heart:
The first time I tried it…