Duke Bullock - The Small Boy with a Big Voice.
“Duke Bullock” was born a dwarf, which meant that in the industry he was worthless and an embarrassment to the breed.
He escaped being shot by other farmers who were going to use him as a handling bullock for cattle shows.
Sadly he was injured by horned cows and we presume knocked down.
Calf sanctuary got the call and we went straight to see him.
Instantly he touched our hearts and a week later he arrived here with us.
Little did we know how seriously injured he was and the difficult struggle that we had ahead of even getting anyone to look at him to diagnose what injuries he had. Being a bullock in the meat industry, no one wanted to take him on for the vet care and any help we did get was limited to the basics. Even equine hospitals who have the approriate equipment would not help us out.
We could not give up on such a special boy.
The journey was heartbreaking as we felt so alone…But Duke’s story touched many people and the love that they showed helped us get through some very tough days.
The vets have said, possible pelvic fracture which has caused neurological damage, which means months upon months of massage, acupuncture, chiro care, vitamins and potions and countless hours upon hours out in the field with him, trying to help him to walk again.
We have a special shed built for Duke with a lifting hoist system that supports him and helps to build leg strength. We also have had a wheel cart made to help him be more mobile. It is so lovely to see him run and be free! We still have a lot more work to do as the cart really needs modifying as we learn more about his needs, but we are thankful for every step he takes.
Duke can stand and walk unaided, but not at a level where we can leave him for long periods. We now accept that he may never walk well again and will need our care for life, but as long as HE is happy and has a quality of life then we will stand by our boy as we would an injured child or even a companion dog.
Duke is loved by many and he has a best friend who came into calf sanctuary at the same time – “Kevin” the lamb. The two are such a sweet combination…
We truly feel that Duke’s life is for a reason. He really helps people to connect with who he is, not what he is.
Duke now has his own Facebook page where you can follow his progress.
We have had countless messages from people telling us that after seeing Duke they can no longer eat meat…AND that is what it’s all about.
Thank you C-A-L-F Sanctuary for sharing Duke Bullocks story and photographs with Veganuary.com