Timothy and his mother Luna were rescued by SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary from a cattle farm in Wisconsin. Both mom and baby had been severely neglected and medical problems had been left to fester. SoulSpace negotiated their release and got them the best possible emergency medical care. Ultimately, they made the difficult but compassionate decision to euthanize Luna due to advanced cancer that was causing her pain. Happily, they learned that Timothy the calf still had a fighting chance at life. SoulSpace isn’t currently configured to accept bovine residents, so they reached out to us for help. We were so happy to be able to offer this sweet little guy a home at Farmaste!
Timothy went blind and had both of his eyes rupture due to untreated pink eye. He was also severely underweight and malnourished – he is about the size of a one-week old calf despite being about 2 months old. The first week he was with us he underwent surgery at the University of Minnesota to remove both of his eyes. Removing his infected eyes reduced his discomfort and allowed his body to continue to grow stronger as it no longer has to fight that infection.
After a seven week stay at the U of M, Timothy moved home to Farmaste. He is growing stronger and becoming more playful every day! He was recently introduced to Steel Magnolia, another special needs cow, who will help him navigate his surroundings without his sight. Despite his horrific start to life, Timothy is a very sweet, gentle, and loving calf.
We promise to keep you updated on Timothy’s progress. If you want to contribute to his ongoing costs, please consider becoming his sponsor here.