The Don’t Forget Us Pet Us animal sanctuary in Dartmouth, MA, rescues all types of animals that were previously neglected, abused, and forgotten. The sanctuary gives animals a chance to thrive in a safe and welcoming environment.
Because the sanctuary is home to domestic and farm animals there are several cross-species friendships. One friendship in particular was so sweet. The bond that formed between Baby the blind cow, and her seeing-eye pig Lulu, was amazing.
The two were inseparable, until Lulu sadly passed away. The DFUPU founder and owner, Deb Devlin, was not sure how Baby was going to cope after losing her faithful companion.
Thankfully, it wasn’t long before another friend wandered into her life: a tiny runaway baby calf. The baby lifted Baby’s spirits right away.
Here are some precious photos of Lulu, Baby, and the orphan calf that gave her second chance at happiness.
Lulu was a newborn piglet when her mom, unknowingly, laid on top of her, crushing two of her little piglet legs. She was unable to walk, Lulu and did not get the proper nutrition she needed to mature.
Deb Devlin said: “I had tried to pair her [Baby] up with other animals, and it just didn’t work. I didn’t think the pig would be aggressive to the cow, and the pig was plenty sturdy. If the cow accidentally bumped into her, she [Lulu] would be OK.”
For eight beautiful years, the two became the best of friends.
While many of the organization’s animals venture out into the community and share their gentle souls with humans in need, Baby and Lulu were unable to go out on any such adventures.
Because of her blindness, Baby had a hard time balancing during the transport, and Lulu was too rowdy for a portable pen.
The dynamic duo instead would stay behind and romp around together.
When Lulu passed on, Devlin wasn’t quite sure what would happen to Baby.
Devlin said: “After Lulu’s passing, Baby mooed for two days. She also walked in circles frantically. She was unable to walk straight or she would hit fencing. I tried a sheep, a goat, but nothing worked at all.”
Just prior to Lulu’s passing, DFUPU was making arrangements to purchase a spunky little calf from a nearby farm, but the determined little fireball had been running loose for weeks.
“She escaped with two others she had grown up with at another farm. They were purchased by the cattle company in Dartmouth, which was going to eventually sell them for beef. The three [calves] got loose as they were unloading the cows. Two were killed on the highway shortly after, although she did not get hit,” Devlin said.
Later, the calf returned to her farm but quickly made a second escape, likely searching for the friends she’d lost. When she was resecued, the DFUPU made arrangements to have her delivered to them for proper care.
Devlin said,”The day the calf arrived, I had set up two small areas divided by an eight-foot gate. I was hoping to acclimate the two side by side first.”
“Baby could get used to her noises, movement, smell, sounds, etc. She was so in tune with those things, not having her sight.”
“When the calf unloaded into her small pen, she was nervous and timid. She quickly saw Baby and she blasted that gate off its hinges… it was still secured on one side by a chain so she jumped the four-foot width of the gate and ran to Baby’s side.”
There isn’t a friend who could ever replace Baby’s beloved Lulu, but this tiny calf is bringing out a new happiness in Baby.
Devlin said: “The bond was immediate, the love instant and even though Baby has never had a baby… she takes care of, protects and nurtures this little calf… all the things Lulu did for her. It it so incredible!”
“It is absolutely soul-touching that they are having their ‘moment to shine’ and their beautiful friendship shared all over the world.”
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