A calf born without sight will see happy days ahead

Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated 27 May 2014

She was born into a world of darkness, but Helen the calf has been given a bright future thanks to Freedom Hill Sanctuary …

When she was known only as ‘number 26’, this little calf was missing something. She wasn’t missing a mother – she had one who loved her very much. She wasn’t missing any sense of playfulness or curiosity – she was just like all the others in that regard.

‘Number 26’ was born blind. Her inability to see didn’t stop her from being happy and sociable, or different in any other way. But on the beef cattle farm where she was born, she was considered ‘too difficult’ to be cared for. Already condemned to a life of darkness, and now to an uncertain future, it seemed there was no place in this world for this blind calf – until Freedom Hill Sanctuary were notified of her need for a new home – and they were only too happy to offer one. Now, not only have they committed to her lifelong love and care – but the calf formerly known only as ‘number 26’ now has a name – Helen, after the inspirational author, Helen Keller.

Like her namesake, little Helen isn’t allowing any perceived disability get in the way of her enjoying a happy and full life. She has already made friends with two rescued dairy calves, and is learning to navigate her way around her new home. Her carer, Kym, describes her as, “the sweetest little girl. She’s so calm and gentle. She also likes to smell our faces & loves cuddles."


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Thanks to the kindness of strangers, Helen has been given the chance to live a long and happy life – all because someone saw the blind calf, and knew she was valuable for who she was, not how much money she could make (or how much ‘effort’ she might be!). You can help all animals see a brighter future, by choosing not to eat them. To discover how easy, healthy – not to mention delicious – a meat-free lifestyle can be, why not try it for yourself by making the pledge to be veg!

“I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;
and because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do something that I can do."

– Helen Keller

To follow Helen’s progress as she grows up in her new forever home, check out Freedom Hill Sanctuary’s facebook page.