On Mother’s Day I posted A Moo-ving Mother’s Day Story about a cow that hid its calf to prevent it from being taken away from her. When the farmer discovered the calf, however; he still took it away.
A sad ending, but what else would you expect on a dairy farm? The farmer has to take calves away from their mothers so that the milk produced by the cow can be collected for human consumption. It’s business.
I recently read another story about a cow hiding its calf, but this story ends differently. In Where Are You Going Deidra? a children’s story by Violet’s Veg*n e-comics, when a farmer discovers a cow hiding a calf from him, he is so moved that he gives up farming and turns his land into an animal sanctuary.
I emailed Violet to tell her that I enjoyed her story, but was sad that it wasn’t real life. Violet replied and told me that her book was based on a true story. She knew of a farmer who gave up dairy-farming after discovering a cow was hiding its calf from him. Seeing this made something click inside of him, and he couldn’t continue farming.
Happy endings are the best!
Photo courtesy of Grow Your Own, Nevada!