Last year, when this cow named Minnie Moo was born, it appeared like she wouldn’t live very long. However, a year later, she isn’t just surviving; she is thriving.
And that’s reason to rejoice.
Minnie was born prematurely during a storm on a farm in Minnesota. Unfortunately, her young mother wasn’t producing milk, so the newborn calf’s survival depended on someone else stepping in to nurse her. That’s when the folks at Sunnyside Stables, a sprawling estate for horses in nearby Rosemount, learned about little Minnie’s sad predicament.
“The farm called us and said she had been born and didn’t want to deal with trying to keep her alive,” Tracy Orr, the stable’s owner, told The Dodo. “We picked her up and brought her home.”
It still wasn’t certain that Minnie would endure long, but her rescuers refused to give up on her.
They created a cozy place for her in a room alongside the stable’s rescue dogs, with whom she soon bonded. Over the next six months, Tracy and her daughter Ashley bottle-fed Minnie several times a day.
Thanks to them, the once-fragile cow grew up healthy and strong.
Minnie now spends most of her time running around the scenic 75-acre property, greeting visitors and playing with her canine siblings. In fact, sometimes it seems as though she suspects that she is a pup, too.
But more importantly, Minnie knows she’s part of a family.
As Minnie’s first birthday approached, a day some thought she might not live to see, her family decided to mark the occasion with a fun-filled celebration.
So, they threw her a surprise party — and invited all her friends.
It’s fair to say Minnie Moo never saw it coming.
After the initial surprise, Minnie got down to partying.
“She knew the party was for her and was totally adorable and interacted throughout the whole party with everyone,” Tracy said. “She is a total diva and loves all the attention.”
Of course, a birthday celebration wouldn’t be complete without cake.
Particularly, Minnie liked that bit.
While Minnie’s special day was the formal reason for the bovine celebration, those whose hearts are made richer by her presence felt it just as deeply.
“It was a milestone as she wasn’t expected to live. She has brought so much joy to everyone that ever meets and continues to meet her,” Tracy said. “She is a kind, beautiful cow.”