Petal & Little Flower: The Baby She Finally Got to Keep

During her time on a dairy farm, each of Petal’s babies had been taken from her shortly after birth so that her milk could be taken for human use.

At the age of ten, when the gentle cow’s milk production had waned and she was deemed no longer productive, Petal was slated for slaughter. This is the usual fate of dairy cows, despite their longevity being around 20 years.

To make matters more tragic, Petal was carrying another baby. But then kindness found her and brought her to safety at Edgar’s Mission.

When Petal gave birth to her sweet baby Little Flower at the sanctuary, something happened that awed her carers.

It is well known that perfectly healthy birds can feign injury to lure predators away from their young. We couldn’t help but wonder if that was what we were witnessing.

Wishing to check that all was well with the veteran mother and her bub, yet ever cautious not to invade their space, we entered their field.

From afar, Petal spied us. And as we made their way that little bit closer, the doting mother took a gentle lick of her baby, then slowly moved away, never once looking back. She nonchalantly lowered her head and ate some grass, then looked our way as if trying to divert our attention to her.

When we left the scene, Petal immediately returned to her calf and lovingly caressed every inch of her form with her tongue.

Normally around this point in Petal’s previous birthings, her babies would have been taken from her. Little Flower is the baby she will finally get to keep.

There are few who could have witnessed this tender scene and not have been moved.

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