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Two Blind Cows 350 Miles Apart Come Together to Form a Beautiful Friendship

Two Blind Cows 350 Miles Apart Come Together to Form a Beautiful Friendship

Starting her life at a dairy farm in Canada, Sweety was kept inside a gloomy industrial building where she was denied access to the outside world. Once she was old enough she was entered into production and, like most dairy cows, she was forced to endure a relentless cycle of insemination, pregnancy and birth.

Despite giving birth to many calves, every one was torn away from her moments after being born. Her sons were sold for veal and her daughters were destined to the same fate as her.

Cows are usually considered ‘spent’ after just four years after which they are sent to slaughter, but Sweety was used for 8 long years before a foot infection left her lame and she was considered of little, if any, value to the farm that owned her. Sweety’s last two pregnancies had also seen the birth of twins which is unfavorable to the dairy industry as twins are usually smaller and weaker, and female calves when born twin to a bull are usually sterile.

Sweety was bound for the slaughterhouse, which is an incredibly terrifying experience for any animal, but even more so for one who is blind as their heightened senses make the piercing cries of their herd mates, the abrupt clanking of machinery and the stench of blood too overwhelming to bear.

Thankfully Rose from Refuge RR heard of Sweety’s plight and made a bid to save her life. Although Rose couldn’t offer Sweety a forever home, her big heart had managed to secure her rescue and not long after Sweety was on her way to Farm Sanctuary, where she was destined to form a beautiful friendship with a cow not so different from herself — Tricia.

Tricia, just like Sweety, is a blind dairy cow that was already living her dreams at Farm Sanctuary’s New York shelter. Tricia’s owner found her too difficult to handle, so she too was headed to the slaughterhouse when she had a lucky escape.

After losing her best friend Linda, a cow who suffered from a debilitating hip injury, to cancer only a year ago, the chance to help Tricia find new companionship was not one that Farm Sanctuary wanted to miss. Susie Coston, Farm Sanctuary’s shelter director said, “Companionship is profoundly important to cattle, so it was exciting to think that by giving Sweety a new life, we might also give Tricia another chance to enjoy her own.”

After travelling 350 miles across the border of Canada to America, Sweety finally arrived at Farm Sanctuary and it didn’t take long before she was relishing in a feast of fresh hay and deep cozy bedding, a luxury she had never experienced, having lived on a concrete floor her entire life.

Eager to unite the two blind cows, staff watched as Sweety and Tricia came face to face. They instantly connected and began to gently nuzzle each other before sharing a meal and later snuggling down together to enjoy an evening of relaxing comfort. With her new friend Tricia to help her see through the darkness, Sweety has already began venturing outside to explore all the wonders that the great outdoors has to offer.

Watch Sweety and Tricia meet for the first time in this beautiful video below:

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Photo Credit: Farm Sanctuary

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3:59AM PDT on Aug 27, 2015

thanks for the article.

9:57PM PST on Feb 16, 2015

thanks for sharing :)

4:23PM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

I am very happy for these two bovine girls, lucky enough to have extricated themselves from the industry that abuses and kills billions for no justifiable purpose, who have been given a new lease on life and found some comfort in their newly-found friendship. What a great shame and heartbreak to know that only a few farm animals happen to be so blessed at last in this world, although it is great that at least some are--and may there be more!

1:03PM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

So touching. I'm happy for the both of them.

5:15PM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

Surprised it made it through customs with methane. A good 2 blind cows story to be sure and they both .have a good cowtenance!

1:16PM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

Im glad for these two dairy cows but I hope more can be saved and sent to sanctuaries and have a calf and keep them (boy or girl) to give them hope and security again. HELP them get there

1:06PM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

This is beautiful and I wanted to cry with happiness for both of them. They are now going to be 2 happy buddies, one helping the other. Thank you for giving Sweetie the chance for a life she had never known and one she will relish.

9:58AM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

Sorry, meant to write developed countries in my post.

9:56AM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

A couple of elderly cows are not going to add much to the methane problem. They can not be considered in the same way as wild animals. Many cows in industrial settings die of diseases or over milking. Milked out by 4 years old is not normal. Carol P what about human contributions to global warming? Maybe instead of blaming cows let us take a good look at how we undeveloped countries have screwed up the planet. I grew up around cattle and they are wonderful animals each with their own personality. They and other farm animals in industrial settings need stronger laws to protect them. Yeah for places like the sanctuary. May they prosper and help more animals.

5:56AM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

They are so sweet. I'm so glad they are together at the sanctuary. I hope all cows will one day be able to experience this kind of happiness.

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