Stockyard auctions across the U.S. are places of terror for farm animals. There, newborn calves, that had been ripped away from their mothers, can hardly stand on their four due to neglect and lack of nutrition. You can hear them calling for their mothers. Alexander, Lawrence and Blitzen were considered “trash” at the auction. No one wanted to pay even 1$ for each of them. They would end up in a garbage heap, if it wasn’t for Farm Sanctuary Director, Susie Coston. For her, they were treasure. Please, SHARE.
For over 25 years, Farm Sanctuary has been rescuing animals from stockyard auctions, nursing them back to health, and giving them better lives. Since Alexander, Lawrence and Blitzen were denied the nutrients from their mother’s vital colostrum, they had very low protein levels. As a result, Blitzen had a weakened immune system, and he had to return to the hospital for a plasma transfusion to provide him with the antibodies he needed to fight off illness. Even with antibiotics, Blitzen continued to have high fevers and was not gaining weight. It was the second transfusion that helped him get better and start putting flesh on those bones.
Lawrence, the calf who couldn’t even stand on his feet during the auction, turned out to be a true fighter. He is doing the best health-wise out of the three. Lawrence recovered fast enough from pneumonia and Salmonella, and his renal failure was successfully reversed, thanks to the intensive care.
Alexander was the largest calf, but he had the most health issues. Besides the denied colostrum, that would’ve helped his immune system, he also did not receive any basic care after he was born. Since Alexander’s umbilical cord was not treated to prevent infection, he contracted a severe navel infection that had spread to his leg joints. He was treated with IV antibiotics, but that didn’t help much. Alexander had to undergo a critical surgery to remove the infection. During the procedure, the doctors also discovered a bone cyst and chip on one of his legs.
These calves wouldn’t make it, if it wasn’t for the volunteers and their donations. If you want to help the Farm Sanctuary, you can click on the link below to find out what they need today.