Bunny the calf was only four weeks old when he was found, but they were four weeks of pure hell. Bunny was born on a dairy farm in New South Wales, Australia. Sadly, male calves are considered useless, so they are sent to slaughter so their mother’s milk can be used for human consumption.
A woman living in Sydney heard about Bunny and adopted him. Although her intentions were good, she was inexperienced in caring for a cow, so the calf did not receive the proper care. When Kelly Nelder went to a property to pick up three pigs, including a piglet she later named Baby, she spotted the lonely calf. He was extremely underweight, sitting in a dirty pen, and was so weak that he barely lifted his head up when she went near him.
Nelder is the founder of Sugarshine Farm Sanctuary near Lismore, Australia, which is where she took the three pigs and the calf. Because Bunny was so sick, Nelder didn’t want to leave him alone. She kept him in her house and even gave him a little mattress in the sunroom to sleep on. But no matter how hard Nelder tried to keep each animal separated, she would walk into the sun-room to find Baby the piglet nuzzling bunny’s face. Every time Nelder took Baby into the other room, she would run right back to Bunny.
She stopped separating them when she realized that Bunny also enjoyed Baby’s company and snuggles. Bunny would use baby as a pillow, and the both of them helped the other feel more at ease. Although the two came from the same property, they had never met each other until now; but the two seem to act as if they’ve been best friends forever.
Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.
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