A former dairy cow was so saddened by memories of her previous babies being taken away by a farmer that she hid her newborn calf to keep her from being taken, too.

 Clarabelle was rescued from a dairy farm in late November by the Australian farm sanctuary Edgar's Mission. She was hours away from slaughter at the farm, where her milk production was too low to bother keeping her alive. When Clarabelle arrived at the rescue, volunteers discovered she was pregnant.

A week before her due date, volunteers noticed that Clarabelle was acting strange — normally eager to eat, she was staying at a distance and acting wary. After a bit of a search, they discovered that she had secretly given birth and hidden the baby in a nearby patch of tall grass

Luckily this baby — named Valentine, as she was born on Feb. 14 — is also destined for a better life than most dairy cows and will remain at the sanctuary with her mother.


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