Have you ever come across any incident where animals display love, care and help each other far better or more than we humans do? Well, in this article, we are going to talk about one such story where two dogs helped a baby calf get adjusted to his happy new life after he was saved from being slaughtered.
Calvin, a tiny calf, was separated from his mom just two days after he was born because his mom is a dairy cow. Calvin is now living on a large industrial dairy farm, called Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary, in Ontario, Canada. Calvin was like just born to be killed because, in order to keep producing milk, dairy cows have to give birth. This leaves a lot of unwanted calves, like Calvin, end up being sent to slaughter.
A very early death would have been Calvin’s fate, but a few people spoke to the farmer and asked him to spare Calvin’s life. Surprisingly, the farmer agreed.
Calvin arrived at Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary, where he was allowed to step outside in a field for the first time. He was put in a little concrete pen after he was taken from his mom. As soon as he was let outside in the sunlight, Calvin simply could not contain his joy — he started running and jumping around on the fresh grass.
Interestingly, two dogs also live at the sanctuary, who take on important roles helping raise the animals saved by people. One is named Drake, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, and the other is named Lincoln, an Australian shepherd. They were introduced to Calvin and they swiftly took the new resident under their care.
The first time Calvin was ever allowed outdoors, the dogs were by his side, helping him get adjusted to his happy new life.
Lincoln, who seems to have especially bonded with the new calf, even gave him a little bit of a tongue bath. When Calvin drifts off to sleep, he stays by his side and keeps watching over him.
The kind of treatments Lincoln gave Calvin is beyond words for the young calf Calvin, who will probably never see his mom again.
It is said that the male cows are generally considered worthless at dairy farms. And, sadly, Jersey cows, which is Calvin’s breed, are usually killed right away.
But Calvin was lucky enough to see the sun or run in the grass or meet his new best friends. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine that such a lovely animal almost didn’t live to see or do that. But thanks to good people who saved him.
“We see the suffering and neglect that these poor helpless animals endure and we feel heartbroken along with them. We save some — but we also see all the ones who cannot be helped. Sometimes it feels like we are fighting a losing battle,” Megan Mostacci, co-founder of Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary, wrote on Facebook.