One Saturday night in July, our California Shelter received an unexpected baby bovine visitor. The two people who discovered the calf in a forest said he was lying on the side of a road, all by himself with no other cattle in sight. Concerned for his well-being, the compassionate duo carefully scooped him up in their arms and, after finding no one around to claim him, drove to Farm Sanctuary to see if we could help.
At the time of his arrival, we were worried that the days-old, all-white Charolais calf, whom we named Elliot, might have health problems related to being separated from his mother at such a young and critical age. We were particularly interested to know whether or not he received the nutrient-rich colostrum, which is a form of milk produced in late pregnancy and after birth, before he and his mother parted ways. Fortunately, blood analysis confirmed not only that he received the vital colostrum, but that he had adequate immunity, healthy protein levels, and no major health issues for which he needed to receive emergency treatment.
Though we are still getting to know him, Elliot has already proven himself to be an incredibly vivacious and loveable individual. Constantly on the go, he is one of the more active new additions to our shelter family and has developed a correspondingly large appetite to support his high levels of energy!
We couldn’t have anticipated his arrival, but we are certainly glad that this baby calf is now safe and sound with us rather than trying to survive on his own without a herd. Welcome to Farm Sanctuary Elliot!