When Lulu the pig was a newborn piglet, her mom, likely unknowingly, laid on top of her, crushing two of her little piglet legs.
Unable to really walk, Lulu couldn’t get the proper nutrition she needed to mature at a normal rate.
Thankfully, she reached Don’t Forget Us Pet Us sanctuary in the nick of time, and was slowly, but surely, nursed back to health.
Don’t Forget Us Pet Us (DFUPU) animal sanctuary in Dartmouth, MA, rehabilitates abused, neglected, and discarded animals, and is home to many loving creatures like Lulu.
Lulu’s rough start in life made her skittish to the touch for a while, but her mood seemed to mellow when she met her best friend, Baby the blind cow.
Deb Devlin, DFUPU owner, told the Dodo: “I had tried to pair her [Baby] up with other animals, and it just didn’t work.
“I didn’t think the pig would be aggressive to the cow, and the pig was plenty sturdy. If the cow accidentally bumped into her, she [Lulu] would be OK.”
These two became the best of friends for eight glorious years.
While most of the organization’s animals get to also venture out into the community and share their gentle souls with humans in need, Baby and Lulu never got to go out on any such adventures.
Due to her blindness, Baby could not really balance well during transport, and Lulu was simply too rowdy for a portable pen.
Instead, this dynamic duo would stay behind, and romp around together on their own escapades.
Eventually, though, Lulu’s time began running out.
When Lulu finally passed on, Devlin wasn’t quite sure what would become of Baby.
Devlin told LittleThings: “After Lulu’s passing, Baby mooed for two days. She also walked in circles frantically. She was unable to walk straight or she would hit fencing. I tried a sheep, a goat, but nothing worked at all.”
Even though Baby had lost her longtime friend, her luck hadn’t entirely run out.
Prior to Lulu’s passing, DFUPU had been making arrangements to purchase a spunky little calf from a nearby farm.
This determined and spritely little fireball had previously been loose for weeks.
Devlin told LittleThings: “She escaped with two others she had grown up with at another farm. They were purchased by the cattle company in Dartmouth, which was going to eventually sell them for beef.
“The three [calves] got loose as they were unloading the cows. Two were killed on the highway shortly after, although she did not get hit.”
The calf was then returned to her farm, but quickly made a second escape, likely searching for the friends she’d lost.
She was then resecured at the farm, just as DFUPU made arrangements to have her delivered to them for proper care.
Devlin told LittleThings,”The day the calf arrived, I had set up two small areas divided by an eight-foot gate. I was hoping to acclimate the two side by side first.”
She continued: “Baby could get used to her noises, movement, smell, sounds, etc. She was so in tune to those things, not having her sight.
“When the calf unloaded into her small pen, she was nervous and timid. She quickly saw Baby and she blasted that gate off its hinges… it was still secured on one side by a chain so she jumped the four-foot width of the gate and ran to Baby’s side.”
While no friend could ever replace Baby’s beloved Lulu, this little calf is bringing out a new side in Baby no one ever expected to see.
Devlin told LittleThings: “The bond was immediate, the love instant and even though Baby has never had a baby… she takes care of, protects and nurtures this little calf… all the things Lulu did for her. It it so incredible!”
Speaking of Lulu and Baby, she continued, “It is absolutely soul-touching that they are having their ‘moment to shine’ and their beautiful friendship shared all over the world.”
This story epitomizes second chances, showing that even when all hope feels lost, you never know what beautiful miracles lurk just around the corner!
Just when Baby felt like she’d never find another mate quite like her precious Lulu, this little calf came racing in, filling her life with new joy and meaning.
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