A Moo-ving Mother’s Day Story


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.

This story is summarized from Global Animal. The photo is courtesy of Real Raw Health.

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Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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13 Responses to A Moo-ving Mother’s Day Story

  1. I wish the story had a happier ending, but it never does for the animals does it? Regardless, it is undeniable that animals have wants, desires and experience love just like we do.

  2. Thanks for sharing this story with your readers, Celeste.

    I agree with The Global Animal that this Sophie’s Choice by the mama cow is both heartbreaking and breathtaking.

    • I just had to share this story cowgirl – it really moo-ved me (okay, I’m overdoing it with that word!!). And I agree too, it was definitely heartbreaking and breathtaking. I love it when you send me info, by the way. It’s always great!! Celeste:)

  3. That’s incredibly sad because the farmer probably only saw dollar signs with the calf out of sight and not the fact that the calf is just like us – a living being that deserves to have its mother’s milk.

    • Yea, this story tugged at my heartstrings. If only animals could talk and tell us how they feel I bet we wouldn’t treat them with such disrespect. I hope things change in time! Celeste:)

  4. Anna says:

    Thank you for sharing a brave animal story, we all can learn something from them.
    Yes, the business part of life is not so kind to nature, animals and humans.

    • Hi Anna! Thank you so much for reading my blog girlfriend!! I always appreciate your thoughtful comments. And those were the cutest animal photos you sent me earlier – thanks for that too! Celeste:)


  5. Thank you for sharing! Heartbreaking and sad!

  6. Cows may not be the most intelligent of animals. However, emotions are part of the primitive brain and do not require reason and intelligence. I do not believe it is a reach for what we refer to as ‘lower animals’ to act in ways we would think of as rational based on emotion.
    Interesting story, and another notch in the rationale for plant-based eating. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Pingback: The Compassionate Farmer Gives Up His Dairy | Honk If You're Vegan

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