Cow Survives Cancer, Finds Sanctuary at Animal Place
June 26, 2012 - Update! Watch Francis be introduced to the herd!
May 10, 2012-
Francis has been through a lot. She was used for breeding babies to be slaughtered, most of them at Harris Ranch feedlot in southern California. Two years ago, she was purchased by an individual who wanted to get into "raising their own food". They would breed the 7-yr-old cow and then slaughter her babies.
Lucky for Francis, she got cancer. That's usually tragic news for most people and nonhumans, but for Francis it saved her life. Her previous "owners" took the cow to UC Davis for veterinary treatment, as they thought Francis was also 8-mos pregnant...it was important for them to make sure the calf was healthy so he or she could be raised and slaughtered.
Veterinarians determined she had cancer in her eye and, more importantly, that she had been treated with a drug that was illegal to use in "food" animals. Frances was now "worthless" to the people, and they signed custody over to the vet hospital.
Francis underwent surgery to remove her eye and all of the cancer.
As Mother's Day approaches, we welcome this mother into our hearts and sanctuary. While she will not give birth to a calf who will remain with her into adulthood, she will be matriarch of our main herd...comprised mainly of young males...all of whom could use a little maternal discipline!