The Day in the Life of a Rescued Dairy Calf
Ever wondered what a rescued dairy calf gets up to each day at a sanctuary?
As you can imagine, sanctuary life can differ from one day to the next, but here’s a peek into a typical day for Luna, our recently rescued dairy calf.
Luna wakes up early every morning and is always eager to find out who’s got her breakfast. As soon as the barn doors open, the only thing on her mind is milk!
Her morning milk always contains a special herbal mix to keep her happy and healthy, and as expected she devours it within seconds of it touching her lips.
After breakfast, she follows you round the yard, just in case there’s a chance of more milk, licking you at every opportunity she gets, before finally heading off to see what new occurrences may have taken place around her pasture overnight.
Since it’s summer time and the flies are out in force, Luna gets a spray with neem oil to keep all the little bugs from pestering her throughout the day.
For the rest of the morning, she teams up with her best friend, a little lamb called Lucera, and they make their way around the field together eating clovers and munching on as much grass as they fancy.
Before long it’s time for Luna’s second feeding of the day. Don’t worry, because Luna won’t let you forget it’s bottle time again. As soon as you approach, bottle in hand, she starts to excitedly moo at the prospect of what’s to come.
After drinking a whole quart in 30 seconds flat, she circles around you bashing you in the same way she would bash her mother’s udder to let her know she’s still hungry.
Once she’s calmed down, it’s usually time for an afternoon nap to escape the hot Spanish sun so she’ll make her way to the ferns at the bottom of the meadow or hide out behind the barn where it’s nice and cool.
Nap time can last quite a few hours and before you know it, it’s feeding time again!
Leading up to bed time, Luna usually gets cozy with Lucera in the hay under the pegoda where you can see then snuggling up to each other, and if you’re really quiet, you can sometimes catch Lucera resting her little head on Luna’s back.
As dusk begins to settle, this is the time Luna is the most active and she’ll charge around the meadow playfully doing all sorts of silly things, and usually scaring the rest of the animals in the process (who knew sheep could be so afraid of a tiny calf).
The sheep always go to bed first and their pasture runs just alongside Luna’s and even now, despite the fact that Luna has been at the sanctuary for over a month, they still stop dead in their tracks when they see her, nervously looking between themselves, anxiously waiting for someone to make the first move.
Once everyone else is tucked up in bed, Luna and Lucera make their way inside where Luna gets her final bed time bottle, which usually ends in her sucking poor Lucera’s ear until it’s all slimy (we told her she won’t find milk there but she won’t listen). Then the two of them lay down beside each and more head nuzzling commences until they finally drift off to sleep and dream of all the wonders the next day will bring.