“It was a milestone as she wasn’t expected to live. She is a kind, beautiful cow.”
When this cow named Minnie Moo entered the world last year, it seemed as though she wouldn’t survive for long. But a year later, she’s not only living — she’s thriving.
And that’s cause for celebration.
Minnie was born prematurely during a storm on a farm in Minnesota. Unfortunately, her young mother wasn’t producing milk, so the newborn calf’s survival depended on someone else stepping in to nurse her. That’s when the folks at Sunnyside Stables, a sprawling estate for horses in nearby Rosemount, learned about little Minnie’s sad predicament.
“The farm called us and said she had been born and didn’t want to deal with trying to keep her alive,” Tracy Orr, the stable’s owner, said. “We picked her up and brought her home.”
It still wasn’t certain that Minnie would endure long, but her rescuers refused to give up on her.
They created a cozy place for her in a room alongside the stable’s rescue dogs, with whom she soon bonded. Over the next six months, Tracy and her daughter Ashley bottle-fed Minnie several times a day.
Thanks to them, the once-fragile cow grew up healthy and strong.
Minnie now spends most of her time running around the scenic 75-acre property, greeting visitors and playing with her canine siblings. In fact, sometimes it seems as though she suspects that she is a pup, too.
But more importantly, Minnie knows she’s part of a family.
As Minnie’s first birthday approached, a day some thought she might not live to see, her family decided to mark the occasion with a fun-filled celebration.
So, they threw her a surprise party — and invited all her friends.
It’s fair to say Minnie Moo never saw it coming.
After the initial surprise, Minnie got down to partying.
“She knew the party was for her and was totally adorable and interacted throughout the whole party with everyone,” Tracy said. “She is a total diva and loves all the attention.”
Of course, what would a birthday party be without cake?
Minnie enjoyed that part especially.Sunnyside Stables
While the bovine bash was officially in honor of Minnie’s special day, the occasion meant just as much to those whose hearts are fuller because she’s around.
“It was a milestone as she wasn’t expected to live. She has brought so much joy to everyone that ever meets and continues to meet her,” Tracy said. “She is a kind, beautiful cow.”