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From 14 September 2003 Issue

For the Love of Precious
From Farm Sanctuary - office@farmsanctuary.org

The industry swears against it, but animals have feelings other than physical pain. Here, at Farm Sanctuary, many stories offer proof to the nonbeliever. A recent case involves Precious the cow, a small Hereford cross residing at our New York Shelter. Precious lives in a herd of 30 cattle, which includes a group of four adults who, as calves, were raised by Precious in our special needs herd.

Precious has been battling eye cancer for some time now, and a few weeks ago she was sent to Cornell University for surgery. As she was being led out of the herd, one of her four adopted calves (now an adult steer named Clayton) realized that she was being removed. As caregivers approached the barn where the trailer was parked, the group of four followed closely behind, bellowing out obvious sounds of disapproval, as Precious mooed back.

Separated by a gate, the four continued their low guttural pleas for her release as Precious was loaded into the trailer. As the trailer drove away, the cries of the four became more desperate.

Unlike many stories involving farm animals separated from their loved ones, this one has a happy ending. Precious was able to come home, surgery successful, two days later. Although she had to return to the special needs herd, which is located next to the main herd, her sweet calves all greeted her upon arrival, hearing her very happy "moo" as she exited the trailer and arrived back home. Kisses over the fence were given by all, and the frolicking and kicking of the smallest steer, Gotti, further expressed the pure happiness he felt at having his sweet Precious back home.

Please visit our website www.sentientbeings.org, or to go directly to more stories like this one, click here www.sentientbeings.org/stories.htm.

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