Little Oliver, a calf of a rescued dairy cow, is the perfect example of what it means for a baby to have his mom around. His mother, Betsy Moo, used to be a dairy cow before she was rescued and found her home at the Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary in Oregon. She arrived at the sanctuary after she had been listed on Craigslist, at the time of rescue, she was pregnant and soon – sooner than had been predicted by the vets – she gave birth to the little calf who was named Oliver.
Recently, Oliver had a chance to enjoy his very first full day outside – together with his mom. As you can see in the video above, the calf spent his time prancing around on the grass, soaking in the sunshine, and having a taste of what a happy life lies ahead of him! The baby was even fascinated by the camera and he didn’t fail to inspect it. A bright future also awaits Betsy Moo – the cow finally knows how happy and safe life can actually be. Liberated from the dairy industry, she will have a chance to live to the full span of a cow’s life, up to twenty-five years – a number very different from the typical lifespan of a dairy cow.
Together, Betsy Moo and little Oliver are a wonderful sight – it’s enough to look at these two to see how crucial the bond between the mother and her child is for these animals.
In the dairy industry, cows are artificially inseminated in order to give birth so that they will produce milk – which is then used for human consumption. The calves are taken away from their mothers and again used as dairy cows or veal calves. This, obviously, does not leave the animals indifferent but is severely traumatic to the mothers. Thankfully, there are kind people who recognize the bond between mama cows and their babies and they are working to show the world a different side of cows. Thanks to Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, Betsy Moo and Oliver will live out their days surrounded by nothing but love and happiness! Isn’t this the life all animals deserve?
Click here to visit the Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary’s website and learn more about their amazing work.