Students at the University of Missouri were stunned when a towering dairy cow appeared on campus to make a cameo in a graduation photo shoot.
As per the report by the Columbia Missourian, a senior animal sciences major named Massimo Montalbano brought the 3-year-old cow, named Amelia, to campus on December 13, to join his commencement photo shoot.
Montalbano worked with cattle throughout his undergraduate studies with the university’s Foremost Dairy Research Center.
Montalbano initially presented the idea to Jim Spain, the vice provost for undergraduate studies. Spain referred Montalbano to the university’s operations department, which ultimately approved the request.
When one passerby commented on the cleanliness of the cow, Montalbano responded by saying, “I just gave her a bath this morning," as per the report.
Spain says it’s not the first time a student has asked him to bring a cow to campus. But it was still a rare sight to unsuspecting bystanders.
Furthermore, after graduation, Massimo Montalbano will have a job working at Grasslands Dairy near Monett. Therefore, he said he insisted on having the three-year-old cow in his graduation photos.
“I’ve worked at the dairy basically all throughout college,” Montalbano said. “I bonded with all of (the cows), and she’s one of my favorites.”
Moreover, the report also stated that the University senior, Shay Lawson also attended the photo shoot asserting that he’s not accustomed to seeing livestock up close and personal in his hometown.
“I’ve never seen a cow that big,” he said. “I had no idea cows were that tall.”
“Well, I was surprised because it is not an everyday occurrence, but overall I welcome it,” said, an MU administrator who walked past the scene. “Surprises of this kind are welcomed," as per the Columbia Missourian.