19 December 2011

Tinsel and Holly: Two calves rescued from certain death by Farm Sanctuary

Recently two calves only days old and unable to stand, were taken from a stockyard floor by Farm Sanctuary's Rescue Team and brought to the Cornell University Medical Center. The calves Tinsel and Holly were brought in with on the verge of death, found laying on the floor scared and shaking after being pushed, pulled and trampled.

Holly, the first of the two to be rescued, was too weak to stand and her fur was matted and covered with feces from being trampled by the other calves. Her most serious ailment was dehydration, deprived of the basic necessity of water.

Tinsel was so small he looked like a black and white dog. Too weak to stand, workers kept pushing and pulling the calf to prop him onto his feet -- so he would sell at a higher price. Finally he just collapsed on the floor near death. Tinsel still in critical condition, is receiving IV fluids and antibiotics.

These scared and weak animals that are fighting pneumonia and scours, are also fighting for their lives. If not for Farm Sanctuary, they would have died overnight on the cold stockyard floor scared and alone. If they make it through, they will live out the rest of their lives on rescue farms.

If you want to help provide urgent care to Tinsel and Holly, the two calves recently rescued from certain death at a stockyard, please visit this link.

John Himmelberger | @johnhimm
John lives in Maryland where he works as a sales manager. John and his wife Eileen’s pursuit to achieve optimum health combined with a desire to send a strong message to factory farming, inspired them to examine what they put into their bodies. Now a vegan, John has great admiration for groups like Farm Sanctuary and hopes to influence others by sharing his positive experiences. Follow John on his blog and Facebook.

Photo credit: Farm Sanctuary