DARTMOUTH, Mass. — A calf that spent several weeks on the loose is now a companion for a blind cow that recently lost a pig playmate.
The rogue calf was on the lam for several weeks in Massachusetts. The two other cows she escaped with were hit and killed by cars, but fortunately, the calf escaped that fate.
The calf’s owner eventually found her, and she was returned to the farm last week. She had been destined for the slaughterhouse, but Jean Briggs saw stories about its escape and used her tax refund to buy the calf for $450. Briggs then offered the calf to her friends at Don’t Forget Us Pet Us animal sanctuary in Dartmouth.
Deborah Devlin, who runs the sanctuary, planned to slowly introduce the calf to her blind cow, Baby. And as it turns out, the timing could not have been better.
Baby spent the last eight years living with her pig friend Lulu. Lulu and Baby were inseparable. Lulu would guide Baby around the farm, and even though they each had separate sheds, they chose to share one. But Lulu died Sunday, and Baby was heartbroken. Devlin says Baby was mooing all day and night.
But fortunately, she wasn’t alone for long. The new calf was introduced to Baby on Tuesday, and the two are doing great together.
The calf doesn’t have a name yet, but the sanctuary will hold a naming contest for her on their Facebook page.