Hazelnut is a Holstein calf with a miraculous story. She was born on a dairy farm unable to stand since birth, and was left helpless on the ground for over a month. Her legs were bent and contracted, and she had burns all over her body from laying in her own urine. A young woman affiliated with the dairy had negotiated for her surrender and eventually found us. When we took Hazelnut in, we admitted her to the hospital right away. There, the caked-on waste was washed off of her body, her wounds were tended, and she was treated for ear and eye infections, pneumonia, and a deep, life-threatening pressure wound that had developed from being left on the ground. She was given a less than 1% chance of recovery. It took multiple weeks before she was finally able to stand, and her life was saved thanks to the devoted vet students and clinicians there that taught her to walk using a sling.
When Hazelnut finally came home to the sanctuary, we spent weeks performing physical therapy, restricted exercise, and tending to her deep pressure wound. Eventually her contracted legs that made walking stiff and painful became straight and strong! And then, the pressure wound was just a small scab on her skin. Today, you would never guess that Hazelnut was close to death. She is bright, bubbly, and loves to gallop and romp around. Her name comes from the first time we met her, when she was a lifeless calf laying in the back of a van. When I looked into her big brown eyes, I saw the universe and cosmos reflected with a hazelnut tint, and all that made our stars align for her to join our family.