Life for a mother cow is often wrought with heartbreak.
Although cows form powerful maternal bonds with their young, many cows in the meat industry never get the chance to experience this loving, natural mother-child relationship. They often have their children torn away from them shortly after birth and are left with the sadness of never seeing their baby again. The dairy industry is no different.
Thankfully, there are people who take a stand against the animal agriculture industry
and working to give these animals the life that they truly deserve.
As she grew up, she became a mother figure to other sick and orphaned calves
. Dawn was there to help these calves — young survivors of both the beef and dairy industries — as they adapted to Farm Sanctuary life. These babies found comfort and healing in her, and she loved them unconditionally — protecting and caring for them all.
Like any great mother, she walked a perfect line of love, playfulness, and discipline.
She would run and play with the babies, but she also wasn’t afraid to put anyone who misbehaved in their place — often with a quick bump of the head she would teach the babies what was acceptable behavior and what was not.
She would show them the ropes, and make sure they felt loved and a part of the family.
Dawn would eventually become the matriarch. She ruled the herd with grace, and was fair and kind to everyone in the herd, always making sure everyone was protected and loved.
Dawn remained the loyal mother to many of the calves she raised, especially two boys in particular: Linus and Mario.
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