Life for a mother cow is often wrought with heartbreak. Although cows form powerful maternal bonds with their young, many cows in the meat industry never get the chance to experience this loving, natural mother-child relationship. They often have their children torn away from them shortly after birth and are left with the sadness of never seeing their baby again. The dairy industry is no different.
Thankfully, there are people who take a stand against the animal agriculture industry and working to give these animals the life that they truly deserve. Just take the kind people at Farm Sanctuary, for example. This sanctuary has been giving former farm animals fresh starts for over 30 years.
Although many of the animals at Farm Sanctuary have similar pasts, they each have their own story and their own individual personality. Dawn, the big red cow in the photo below, was born on a free-range meat farm. Luckily, she was rescued by Farm Sanctuary when she was just one week old. Dawn’s mother was too malnourished to provide her new calf with the nurturing milk she needed to grow big and strong and as a result, Dawn was unable to walk. Without the help of Farm Sanctuary, it is likely that Dawn would have starved to death when she was only a baby.
At Farm Sanctuary, Dawn was moved to a pasture for special needs cows who had trouble walking, senior cattle, and incoming calves. It’s thanks to rescuers that she was able to live in peace and grow into a responsible herd matriarch who became a foster mother to several calves who were rescued from the meat and dairy industries, like Linus, the baby cow in the photo below who was born on a dairy farm and left to die at a clinic.
Although Linus is not Dawn’s actual son, this rescued cow treats him like one of her own. The two formed an inseparable mother-child bond that has lasted a lifetime.
Linus lost his mother, but he found one in Dawn, who loved him, played with him, and taught him the ins and outs of being a cow. It’s thanks to her and rescuers that Linus grew into the sweet bull that he is today.
Both of these cows were destined to die as babies until rescuers stepped in and gave them the life that they deserve. According to Farm Sanctuary, like a true herd matriarch, Dawn still watches over Linus like she did when he was just a baby. Don’t all cows deserve the same kind of life?
To learn more about Farm Sanctuary, visit their official website.
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