Calf That Escapes Farm Is Discovered Later With A Strange Companion

When faced with scary or unknown situations, animals like cows have a tendency to flee in order to preserve their own safety. Usually, farmers keep their cattle in line by keeping them in groups or herding them together. However, that doesn’t always work to ease their frazzled nerves.

When Bonnie the cow was forced to leave the home she was raised in, she took a chance and ran far away, into the woods, presumably never to be seen by her human owners again. No person was fast enough to catch her. However, someone else found her soon enough…

Bonnie the baby cow lived a relatively normal life until she was four months old. She was born in upstate New York and spent her days joined at the hip with her mother. But one day, something awful happened.

The farm’s owner died. Bonnie’s life changed overnight; she and the other cows who lived on the farm were scheduled to be rounded up and sold. To make matters worse, Bonnie and her mother would be separated.

When the time finally came for Bonnie to be loaded into a truck that would take her away from the farm, the calf did something no one expected: she made a break for it! Even though she was small, Bonnie boldly raced away from the truck and fled to the nearby forest.

Although Bonnie’s farm family searched high and low, they couldn’t find her. Months passed and there was still no sign of her. Among the people who lived near the farm, the story of Bonnie, the cow who lived in the woods, became almost local lore.

At first, people believed that the little calf was dead, but then the sightings started. Some people saw Bonnie walking through their backyards. She also appeared in footage taken by wildlife cameras set up in the area.

“Venturing out of the safety of the forest only for occasional sightings, Bonnie quickly became a local celebrity, dividing the community into two groups: those who were ‘Team Bonnie’ and rooted for her to survive, and those who were determined to shoot and eat her,” reported one local.

Even Bonnie’s “enemies” knew that the cow didn’t stand much of a chance of surviving in the three feet of snow that covered the forest. But no matter how hard they looked, Bonnie continued to evade them.

No one could understand how Bonnie was managing to stay alive until the day a trail camera snapped a serendipitous and quite surprising image: It was Bonnie, surrounded by a group of deer!

While Bonnie may have been separated from her birth mother, she wasn’t hurting for a family in the least. A group of wild deer had apparently found the sweet calf and made her part of their family!

“Since she had lost her first family (and cattle are herd animals), the deer helped Bonnie survive and accepted her as their own—eating, sleeping and running together,” said a representative from a local animal shelter.

While Bonnie clearly made a family all her own in the forest, no matter how happy she might have been in the moment, she was going to need human attention if she would ever grow up into a happy cow.

Luckily, one local woman was up to the task. Her name was Becky, and every day during the long winter she would bring food, water, and fresh bedding out to Bonnie in the woods.

Eventually, she managed to earn the cow’s trust, and at that point, Becky reached out to the people at the Farm Sanctuary, who had extensive experience with cows like Bonnie, in hopes they would be able to help out her bovine buddy.

The folks at Farm Sanctuary knew that it might be challenging to convince Bonnie to leave the woods, but they weren’t ready for just how hard it would be! She’d spent eight months in the woods, and while life was rough, it was the one she was used to and she was loath to give it up.

It took three different attempts before the team retrieved Bonnie. “Since it was too risky to try catching her in the woods, we built a corral around her eating space, patiently waiting to close her in,” said a representative of the sanctuary.

Finally, the sanctuary was able to coax Bonnie to them with the use of a tempting array of snacks with a mild sedative. When she woke up in her new home she was initially confused, but she quickly realized just how her new life was going to be…

While she might have missed her friends in the woods, Bonnie didn’t waste any time at all befriending some of the other animals who lived alongside her at the animal sanctuary.

The people at the sanctuary couldn’t be happier with how things worked out. “Bonnie beat the odds,” they said. “Here, our resilient new friend will spend her life in peace, surrounded by caring humans and a loving herd of her fellow rescued cattle.”

When Becky started going outside to feed the cow who lived in the woods, many people thought she was crazy. But she ignored them and continued to do what she knew in her heart was the right thing.

Sometimes the help we need the most is the help we are the least inclined to embrace. A blind rescue cow named Baby who wouldn’t stop crying for days found help in an even more unlikely way than Bonnie.

Don’t Forget Us Pet Us is an animal sanctuary in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and for a long time, it was the home of a blind cow named Baby. Being limited with her inability to see, the staff knew she’d likely need care for the rest of her life.

Luckily for her, the sanctuary’s owner, Deb Devlin (left) went above and beyond to give Baby the round-the-clock care she required. While Baby was generally content, something wasn’t quite right with her.

Baby was lonely — there were no other cows at the sanctuary, after all. After moping around day after day, the staff had a revelation: what if they introduced Baby to another animal entirely?

Enter Lulu the pig, whose legs were accidentally broken by her mother when she was just a piglet. Though Lulu and Baby were different species, they both had special needs.

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Not only did Baby and Lulu both have disabilities, but they had similar backgrounds, too. Having been rescued from slaughterhouses in the United States, they seemed to share a similar demeanor.

There was only one way to tell if they’d become friends: have them meet! Much to the staff’s delight, Baby and Lulu immediately bonded! “I had tried to pair Baby up with other animals, and it just didn’t work,” one of the caretakers explained.

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“I didn’t think the pig would be aggressive to the cow, and the pig was plenty sturdy. If the cow accidentally bumped into her, [Lulu] would be OK,” Deb also explained. She and the rest of her staff kept their fingers crossed that this unlikely friendship would work out…

For the next eight years, Lulu and Baby would form a tight bond. The staff often referred to Lulu as Baby’s “seeing-eye pig.” During that time, they were rarely separated and they displayed a friendship that astounded everyone who worked at the sanctuary.

While many of the other animals at the facility had free range to go and do as they please, Lulu and Baby were different. They had to learn to have fun much closer to home than the other animals due to their respective handicaps.

Baby and Lulu did practically everything together! Even mealtime wasn’t routine; it was a chance to chow down with a friend. Thanks to Lulu, Baby’s blindness wasn’t as much of an issue — until one dreadful day…

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After eight years together, Lulu’s time on Earth had come to an end. After her passing, Baby the cow was once again left in the dark. What was she going to do without her best friend to help her get around?

Baby’s demeanor changed almost instantly. “After Lulu’s passing, Baby mooed for two days. She also walked in circles frantically, hitting the fencing”, Deb recalled. “I tried [to pair her with] a sheep, a goat, but nothing worked at all.” No animal or disguise could make up for the loss of Lulu.

Growing worried, Deb attempted to have Baby mingle with various other animals, but nothing seemed to be able to replace her lost friend. Yet, just when all hope seemed lost, another rescued animal arrived at the sanctuary…

It was a baby calf! The sanctuary staff hoped to get the two animals acquainted immediately. “The day the calf arrived, I had set up two small areas divided by an eight-foot gate. I was hoping to acclimate the two side by side first,” Deb explained.

Deb hoped the animals would become used to being around one another. “Baby could get used to her noises, movement, smell, sounds… She was so in tune to those things, not having her sight.” Deb was anxious, but she was about to learn that she didn’t have to be.

“When the calf unloaded into her small pen, she was nervous and timid. She quickly saw Baby and she blasted that gate off its hinges.” Deb recalled. “It was still secured on one side by a chain so she jumped the four-foot width of the gate and ran to Baby’s side.”

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And just like that, Baby’s spirits were up! The spunky new arrival—who’d escaped a slaughterhouse just like Baby—took one look at Baby before she set off like a rocket for the cow. Any worry they wouldn’t get along was immediately tossed aside!

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Of course, no animal could replace Lulu. Still, Baby took the little calf under her wing, so to speak, protecting her and doing all of the things that Lulu once did for her. It was as if she was the little cow’s official tour guide!

“The bond was immediate, the love instant, and even though Baby has never had a baby… she takes care of, protects and nurtures this little calf… all the things Lulu did for her. It is so incredible!” Deb said happily.

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Now, the rescued cows could recover together. While Baby’s friendship with Lulu was truly one-of-a-kind, it seemed as if she found a way to continue that with her new friend. Of course, she would always have her beloved Lulu in her heart!

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