Thursday, November 10, 2011

Special care for a blind calf

After this calf was born,the ranchers noticed that the mother was not caring for it. The reason is that the calf is blind. The ranchers therefore keep the calf in a special pen and feed the calf milk from a bottle with a nipple.

It is sometimes said that you can measure the humanity of a culture by how they treat their people with special needs. In this case, I think that the warmth and ethics of Costa Ricans are displayed well by how these ranchers treat a baby cow with special needs.

We have photos of the Villa Balbianello on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site. It is a delightful villa that straddles the tip of a peninsula in Lake Como, Italy.

13 comments:

brattcat said...

fascinating, dave. what will the future be for that calf...

Kate said...

It's a sobering thought...cast away because it's blind, but then there are others that will help.

Sharon said...

A sad story with a happy ending!

Virginia said...

OH now that's a sweet photo and I love the gang in the photo below. The ears just are too cute!
V

Lowell said...

So beautiful. And I agree. Your post reminded me of an article I just finished in National Geographic about the Sami people who live and work with the reindeer north of the Arctic Circle...

Jack said...

The calf is lucky that Darwin is not widely read in Costa Rica. I wonder if this calf will be raised this way to adulthood, and if it will be able to live a normal life. Have you mentioned if they are bred for milk or meat?

Billing 100 hours on your honeymoon? Wow.

Jarart said...

Heartwarming story to go with a sweet picture.

glenda said...

Sweet little calf

Bob Crowe said...

Point well taken. I think I've said before that I've never met more kindly people than the Costa Ricans, Irish and Nepalese (three way tie). As far as caring for the handicapped and mentally ill, Japan sometimes makes an unfortunate contrast.

Jilly said...
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Jilly said...

Dave, it's good to see this care but I suppose it's commercial too as the calf will be used for milk or meat. If it's milk, she'll need to be bred and perhaps that's a bad thing as maybe the blindness is genetic. If it's for meat...well don't get me started.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Neat story.Great to see they are stepping in and providing care.

Darryl and Ruth :)

Tash said...

Very touching. Wonderful capture.

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