Seymour, the blind calf who a year ago was rescued by the Happy Heifer After sanctuary in Queensland, Australia, has finally joined his kind at the sanctuary and he lives happily with other cows. On 5th November 2022, Seymour was surrendered to the sanctuary from a beef farm, and carers realised that he was blind. He had been rejected by his mother and the farmer decided not to hand-raise him.

During the first days, he battled a couple of nasty infections, but on the 8th of November, he finally got some appetite. The three days of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories did their job and he started to feel much better and stronger.  He was on injectable antibiotics to treat the sepsis and pneumonia, and anti-inflammatories to help with the pain of the septic arthritis. He also received supplementary nutrient gel and minerals. 

On 8th March 2023, he had recovered from his illness. That day, the sanctuary posted on Instagram the following: “Seymour has been having the best time learning ‘how to cow’ during the days! He still sleeps in his yard with stable and comfy bed, but during the days he now goes and plays with the medium moos! When he’s done playing he yells out repeatedly to let me know that he wants to go home to his bedroom. It’s so amazing to see Seymour finally be able to run, jump, and play with his own kind! It’s been such a long road to recovery with this little man, and we are so proud of how far he has come!!”

As Seymour grew, he would spend time with the other cows during the day. He grew a loving relationship with the cow Luna, who took on the role of protecting and nurturing him. In July the sanctuary decided to stop feeding him with milk as he was old enough to be weaned.  Today Seymour is all grown up and has been fully integrated into the herd of cows at the sanctuary. He enjoys being out with the others, soaking up the space and grass and fresh air. 

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.