One of my readers (thanks cowgirl!) sent me a touching story that I just had to share for Mother’s Day. I hope you’ll take the time to read it – it’s incredibly moo-ving!
A New York dairy farmer was concerned because one of his dairy cows wasn’t producing much milk despite the fact that her calf had been taken away. He called in veterinarian, Holly Cheever, to examine the cow. Holly found the cow to be in perfect health and could not determine why the cow was under producing.
Stumped, the farmer followed the cow out to pasture and discovered that the she had given birth to twins and had hidden one of her calves from him. When the farmer shared this with Holly, she begged him to leave the calf with its mother. The farmer was unmoved, however; and took the calf away.
In recounting this story, Cheever noted the complex reasoning of the mother cow. She remembered that her four previous calves had been taken away from her never to be seen again. So the fifth time she gave birth, she formulated and executed a plan to save at least one of her calves.
Just makes you think that animals are not only smarter than we give them credit for, but that they also feel love and attachment in a similar way that we do. It’s sad that dairy cows are treated as if they don’t care about their offspring. Or worse yet, that we don’t care that they care about their offspring.