From Farm Sanctuary -
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.
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