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!
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.
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.
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