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Calf Left on Road Gets Rescued by Pair Feeding Stray Dogs

Calf Left on Road Gets Rescued by Pair Feeding Stray Dogs

Written by Joellen Anderson of Integrated Animal Care Center in India

My good friend and I are animal advocates living in Delhi, India. We spend every evening feeding the stray dogs in our neighborhood with bread and milk. One night at around 10:30, as we were making our rounds, we were searching for a particular dog and instead we encountered a baby calf.

It was highly unusual for cows to wander into this enclave, much less a little baby without his mom.  We assumed that he had been abandoned. Often males are dumped on the streets because they don’t produce milk and it is against the Hindu religion to slaughter them. This particular little baby was incredibly skinny, and had an eye infection with a maggot infestation. The infection smelled horrible,and we knew this little guy needed some TLC!

The calf rescue is a departure from our typical work


Our jeep isn’t equipped to handle animals of this size, so we called in a group from nearby shelter Sanjay Ghandi to use their ambulance to pick him up.  After we arranged the pick up and helped him into the ambulance, we followed them to the shelter to ensure he was taken care of.  The vet on site immediately began to clean the infection and check for maggots.

Male calves are sometimes abandoned

With nothing left for us to do, we left the calf in the capable hands of the shelter staff.  A few days later, we returned to check his progress. He even recognized us and ran straight to us!

Although we can’t keep him in our apartment complex, we felt we did the best we could by this gentle baby.  Hopefully someday our work will allow us space to keep abandoned cows and bulls like this little one.

More on Joellen’s rescue work here

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6:41AM PDT on May 28, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

2:37AM PDT on Apr 2, 2014

Thank you

6:37AM PST on Nov 24, 2013

Think about this next time you eat veal or lamb. Modern human "society" is about as civliized as Dante's lowest levels of hell.. a society of mindless selfish greed built on the worst atrocities

10:20AM PST on Nov 5, 2013

Thank you for the beautiful work you are doing for the animals. You truly are angels and an inspiration to those of us who want to make this world a better place for both animals and humans.

God Bless You!

8:50PM PDT on Oct 10, 2013

Good people reaffirms my belief that there IS good in this world, despite all the bad.

7:06PM PDT on Oct 5, 2013

Bless you and good fortune.

5:59PM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

Thank you ... you are great men... thank you for saving this poor baby. And thank you for feeding stray dogs also.

6:36PM PDT on Oct 3, 2013

I can't resist to say that I thought the guy was Daniel Day Lewis. LOL. Such a handsome man.Beautiful inside and outside.

2:48PM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

Thank you gor this post and for all the wonderful help.

1:34AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013

Thank you all for your wonderful words! Robin (pictured) and I love our work and are soon starting a sterilization program here in Delhi! Good luck to all of you animal welfare workers out there!!!


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