Lonely Blind Bison Never Had Any Friends, Until She Met A Loving Cow Named Oliver

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Helen is a blind bison who lived alone basically her whole life. She had a whole field to herself, north of Salem, but the only company she had was the occasional sight of her owner.

But when the cost of caring for her became too much for her owner to handle, she went to live at Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary in Scio. Her new home was a six-acre pasture to roam as she pleased, but again, she was very lonely.

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That is, until Oliver came along. Oliver is a four-month-old calf who was born at the sanctuary. His mother is a cow named Betsy who was rescued from a dairy farm last December.

Helen was so happy to finally have someone to live with. When the two of them met, they bonded instantly. They eat together, graze together, and even take naps together.

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Oliver even helped Helen feel more comfortable around the other animals there who share their pasture. Before Oliver came along, Helen was very skittish around the sheep, goats and pig there.

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Helen has taken on a motherly role to Oliver and was even seen grooming him. Gwen Jakubisin, executive director of the sanctuary, says it’s like a nanny caring for a baby.

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“Betsy usually drops Oliver off at ‘daycare’ and roams around while Helen watches over him for the rest of the day, and she’s cool with that,” Jakubinson told USA Today.

Oliver’s hair color changed to a light brown to a now much darker brown, which matches Helen’s. Not only are they inseparable, but now they’re even starting to look alike!

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Watch this adorable duo in the video below:

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.