Helen is a blind bison who lived for many years as a solitary soul at an animal sanctuary in Oregon. For years, Helen the blind bison lived mostly alone. She roamed a field north of Salem, following the sound of her owner’s voice to food and barn.
But everything was about to change for the lonely animal once she moved to the Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary in Scio. Here, Helen had a new, 6-acre pasture to roam, but she spent her time by herself, but not for long.
It is when Oliver showed up! Oliver is a four-month-old calf, born at the Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary from Betsy and rescued from a diary farm.
Now they are both living the time of their lives. Oliver runs from the barn to join Helen in the pasture every morning, where they share meals, graze together and nap together in the sun.
Before Oliver’s arrival, Helen would be skittish around the mob of sheep, goats and a blind pig named Luke that share the pasture, said sanctuary executive director Gwen Jakubisin, despite constant efforts to pair her with a “pasture pal” to encourage companionship, USA Today reports.
“I catch them grooming each other which is amazing because I don’t think Helen has ever had that opportunity to express that motherly instinct before. The change in her demeanor is incredible, her joy is palpable,” Jakubisin said.
He also said he likened their relationship to a loving nanny who cares for a baby.
“Betsy usually drops Oliver off at ‘daycare’ and roams around while Helen watches over him for the rest of day, and she’s cool with that. He’s actually turned into a baby buffalo,” Jakubisin recalled amused.
According to the sanctuary director, their bond is so strong the calf seems to have a physical connection to Oliver’s coloring. Born with his mom’s sandy fawn color, now Oliver seems to match Helen’s smokey brown coloring.
Learn more about this incredible love story, in the video below!