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Tiny Calf At Auction Was Made Fun Of And Unwanted, Until Someone Saw Him And Fell In Love

Blitzen was only days old when he was being sold at a cattle auction. He was very weak and weighed just 37 pounds. The people who were auctioning him off laughed at him because of how small he was. To them, he was just trash, and no one thought anyone would bid on him.

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Farm Sanctuary

And no one did. That’s because he was rescued just in time. Susie Coston, national shelter director for Farm Sanctuary, took one look at Blitzen and knew she had to save him.

Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary

Calves often arrive at stockyards too weak to stand, and very dehydrated without having received vital colostrum from their mothers. Since they didn’t receive colostrum, it leaves them vulnerable to infection and disease. And Coston knew Blitzen would be headed in that direction soon if he wasn’t rescued.

Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary

Blitzen, along with two other sick calves named Lawrence and Alexander, was rushed to Nemo Farm Animal Hospital at Cornell University.

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Farm Sanctuary

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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 Pig on her lap.