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 was 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 had to fight that infection.
After a seven-week stay at the U of M, Timothy moved home to Farmaste. Timothy is now thriving at Farmaste! He has been healthy since the day he moved home and is loving life in our special needs barn. We lives with Steel Magnolia, another special needs cow who serves as his companion and guide. . Despite his horrific start to life, Timothy is an exceptionally sweet, gentle, and loving steer.