When A Man Saw What Was Lying Beside This Collapsed Cow, He Simply Couldn’t Leave Her Side
One day, when a man from Texas saw a cow collapsed on the ground, he rushed over to help her. When the man noticed what was lying right next to the cow broke his heart and that’s when he knew he must do something.
Benjamin Tipps is from Borger, Texas, he lives with his beautiful wife Kayla. Like many in the area, Benjamin also works in agriculture for a supply company called Agrium. Benjamin has always felt comfortable around animals given his background so when an event happened in on Mother’s Day 2017 where his help was needed, he sprung into action.
And after spending time that day with family, the Kayla and Benjamin decided to drive to a friend’s house, where a cow was in the process of giving birth. When they arrived, however, things were not going so well. The average cow pregnancy lasts around nine months. Although this can vary a lot depending on the breed of cow.
Not all cow pregnancies go over well though. One potential complication known as dystocia occurs when a cow finds themselves unable to give birth without assistance. This issue can occur for a variety of reasons but the most common is when the calf is simply too big for their mom to deliver without help.
When dystocia occurs in a cow pregnancy, it’s important that the cow receives immediate medical attention in order to deliver her baby calf safely. Unfortunately, though when the Tippses were visiting their friend’s barn on Mother’s Day, they realized that they might have come too late.
By the time Benjamin and Kayla had arrived, the poor mother cow had already been several days into her exhausting labor. The exhausted and scared mother cow was extremely weak. If situation could not possibly get worse it suddently did when the cow’s amniotic sac suddenly burst.
The already very exhausting delivery, quickly became a race against time as someone needed to get the calf out before it suffocated. When the sac ruptures it triggers a baby cow’s instincts to start breathing as there is a different change in air pressure but it’s not safe to breathe and this is what leads to suffocation in most calfs.
Before their eyes, Benjamin and his wife panicked to help the baby and the exhausted mother. But it was too late the infant’s calf died instantly upon the sac rupturing and the mother cow ended up delivering a stillborn. The poor mother cow had struggled for so long, only to have to say goodbye to her baby.
This event was devastating and a shock to everyone who knew the young mother who was known to have given birth to a healthy calf just the year before, “We didn’t think she would have any problems,” Kayla subsequently explained to Inside Edition in May 2017.The scene of the exhausted and heartbroken mother cow was too much to witness “She was crushed – just devastated, and she was tired from the labor,” Kayla recounted. The mother cow eventually gave up and laid down on the ground beside her stillborn baby heartbroken and crushed.
Benjamin couldn’t stand by and let the mother lay in anguish by herself so after watching the heartbreaking scene he decided to get on the ground and try to comfort the mother “She laid down, and Ben laid down and was kind of massaging her and comforting her,” Kayla explained. Benjamin’s touching gesture was captured on camera by Kayla who was very moved by it all.
Not too long after the sad scene did the tear-jerking photographs find their way onto social media. “What a great heart this man has,” read the accompanying caption. “This momma cow lost her baby yesterday and Benjamin laid with her and petted her to try and comfort her. Such a sweet yet heartbreaking picture.” This picture speaks a thousand words and it shows nothing but the love, respect, and compassion, that Benjamin has for this mother cow.
As if overnight, the photos hit social media and then became viral in not just Texas but around the world. Animal lover everywhere were quick to shower Benjamin with praise. “That is so wonderful for him to do this,” read one comment on Facebook, “Animals have feelings too.” Farmers, animal lovers around the world no matter how different their walks of life may be, all came together over the photograph of Benjamin and the mother cow because it reminded them of the bond they all shared.
This special bond is actually something that might be a real scientific concept. According to PETA, researchers suggest that cattle are in fact highly intelligent creatures. Like humans, they enjoy problem-solving and even show signs of excitement when they reach solutions. They are also known to be extremely empathetic and emotionally intelligent creatures as well. The photo of Benjamin only further proves this theory.
Researchers also believe that cows are capable of enjoying meaningful relationships, especially with their own children. PETA suggests that mother cows continue to call for their babies even after they’ve been separated for farming or milking purposes. Just like us, a bond between a mother and a child is very special to a cow.
Kayla and Benjamin now focus on helping that mother cow get back to a life of happiness and love. There will always be hardships in life but sometimes they can be made easier with a little help from loved ones, and Kayla and Benjamin considered themselves family to that mother cow. No matter what, they are going to get by as a family.