Love is blind. In this case, it couldn't be more true for cows Sweety and Tricia who were brought together by a team of rescuers who worked across international borders for over a month to bring them together.
Sweety and Tricia are two blind, aging cows whose story started with a dark future and 300 kilometers between them. Sweety, an 8-year-old Canadian cow, was rescued from slaughter by a horse sanctuary in Ontario. The rescuers at Refuge RR spread the word to try and find a home for her. It was with Tricia, a 12-year-old Holstein cow, that her home awaited. Tricia had lost her companion a year prior and being the only cow at the shelter, she was a lonely and anxious girl who needed a friend. Tricia seemed to be the perfect match for Sweety.
One problem, Tricia was located New York with Farm Sanctuary but that didn't stop the two rescues from working together to make it happen. In the words of Susie Coston, shelter director for the sanctuary “it was exciting to think that by giving Sweety a new life, we might also give Tricia another chance to enjoy her own”. And so, the plan emerged.
After a lot of red tape, medical exams and the planning of a long road trip, Sweety arrived at Farm Sanctuary in New York. The two cows communicated from seperate stalls before they were united the following day. Nose-to-nose they bumped into eachother and an instant friendship formed.
It can be really stressful for blind animals to find themselves in new environments, but with Tricia's guidance, Sweety is becoming more and more comfortable. She still bumps into things, but Tricia often guides her around them. Tricia was born blind and after six years at Farm Sanctuary, she knows her way around pretty well.
According to the sanctuary staff, "they eat and walk together and even bed down in tandem".
It never fails to inspire what rescuers can accomplish, whether they are neighbours or located hundreds of kilometers apart.