You know Dasher and Dancer – wait, Christmas is over. But this story is about a calf named Blitzen and so the song popped into my head! Back to Blitzen. He was being sold at a cattle auction when he was only a few days old. He only weighed 37 pounds and should have been with his mother.
The cruel people who were getting rid of him laughed at his size. But, Susie Coston wasn’t laughing. As Farm Sanctuary’s national shelter director she took one look at Blitzen and knew what she had to do.
If a calf hasn’t gotten colostrum from its mother early in life, they are in a good position to develop diseases and infections.
Blitzen’s health is no laughing matter. Coston got Blitzen and two other calves, Alexander and Lawrence, and rushed them to Nemo Farm Animal Hospital located at Cornell University.