Therapy cow gives birth

Gracie the blind cow was rescued from slaughter last year, and now she is a proud new mother and therapy animal.

The Semiahmoo Animal League Inc., also known as SALI, rescued Gracie and  a calf named Peanut from a nearby beef farm in 2017. Peanut was an orphaned calf who immediately bonded with Gracie, and staff subsequently discovered Gracie was pregnant. 

"We have never had cows before, let alone a pregnant cow, so it was a huge learning curve for us,” the founder of SALI, Keryn Denroche, said.

A live "cow cam" was set up to let community members enjoy the experience as well. 

"It was so exciting. All our volunteers and our entire community was involved,” Denroche said. “We had people all over the world following us because they knew this little baby cow was going to be born any minute.”

Baby Clover was born March 29, and is proving popular with visiting children. She and her mother teach kids about the importance of empathy toward all living things. 

Her birth was broadcast live online to many watchers from around the world. Clover is the first animal born at SALI, and she, her mother and Peanut are thriving.

-With files from CTV Vancouver


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