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.


Gabi P.
Gabi P.2 years ago

It doesn't meter the animals run free in your grandparents farm. In the end they still get killed.

Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Carol M.
carol m3 years ago

I remember when I was young and my grandparents had a farm the cows and chickens were allowed to roam free and be with their young . There was enough milk and eggs for them and for them to sell. What happened well I think they found out that selling their land made more money and that now they had to mass produce. Once again man has ruined life for animals. I hope that we can go back, but that will only happen if people demand different than what we have now. For example I only purchase cage free eggs that have a stamp from the humane society.

Lisa Lungul
Lisa Lungul3 years ago

Absolutely precious! I dream of the day I rescue calves and cows.

Mark Donners
Mark Donner3 years ago

Kamia: the reason that cows are slaughtered is because humans breed them.. in their billions, for the immoral, selfish, sadistic greed of overpopulated humanity. That excuse "if you don't buy meat the farmers will slaughter them so you better buy meat for our profits" doesn't cut it. It's just to somehow appease the tremendous guilt of kill farmers. It reminds of big brother in that old movie saying that they are saving ten billion humans on earth with "soylent green".. humans have killed off everything so they are now farming and eating each other.

Mark Donners
Mark Donner3 years ago

Veal and Lamb is a hideous human atrocity. The whole human accepted thing of beef, chicken and pork from billions of human artificially bred livestock is also something out of a nightmare that won't end until the day humans go extinct.

carl b.
carl b3 years ago

Thanks for the beautiful story. I wish more people would read it and have some thoughts.

Shari Russell
Shari Taylor3 years ago

This is such a wonderful and beautiful story. My face and my heart smiled from ear to ear through the whole thing! Oh how I wish more animals had lives like this!

Shirley Plowman
Shirley P3 years ago

Love this story, it is so hopeful and thank you for sharing it with all of us. Wouldn't it be wonderful if more stories like this were available rather than all the cases we read of horrible animal abuse.

Manel Dias
Manel Dias3 years ago

I can imagine the soothing feelings and the great comfort these rescuers experience after saving this baby clalf's precious life from it's harmsway. While growing up at my father's house I experienced with a baby cow and a Mama cow. I always knew that they are so loving and very intelligent too. As a young girl I would go to the Mama cow and the baby every day and be with them either feed them the grass or touch them, & in return they always looked forward to see me there daily basis. If any one tells me that the cows are not intelligent I simply think those people who speaks non sence are the ones who does not have a clue about the cows. They are very loving and smart. This story above makes me feel so glad to know there are people who loves the cows as same as I do.