What's more adorable than two tiny Shetland ponies grazing together in the Scottish countryside? Two tiny Shetland ponies grazing together in the Scottish countryside wearing hand-knitted sweaters.
A video about two sweater-wearing Shetland ponies has gone viral worldwide. The video is part of a campaign by VisitScotland, Scotland's national tourism organization.
On their website, VisitScotland calls the Shetlands their very own "pony ambassadors who are helping promote the Year of Natural Scotland with beautifully created cardigans, made just for them."
"With Shetland wool and knitwear being so in demand, this seemed like a fun way to celebrate Shetland's natural landscapes, products and heritage," said Malcom Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, according to the Examiner's Kelley Vick.
The video shows the ponies, Fivla and Vitamin, being fitted with their new sweaters, which were custom-made from Shetland wool by local knitter Doreen Brown. The ponies seem completely nonplussed by their new cardigans, and stand patiently as their caretaker places their front hooves inside two perfectly-fitted woolen sleeves.
According to MSN's Today, Fivla the white pony is 17 years old and is "known for her calm and loving nature," and apparently is "good friends with Vitamin, the black pony, who is 18 years old." According to the Examiner, the ponies' owner, Frances Taylor, said, "Fivla grew up in my house, literally, and we used to take her on walks with the dog."
The video (and tons of photos) of the adorable ponies have been picked up by dozens of media outlets and websites since they were released earlier this week.
According to the Examiner, VisitScotland said in a press release that they have been "inundated with calls for footage and pictures of Vitamin and Fivla from the likes of CNN, Nickelodeon, ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's The Today Show."