How easy is it to forget that animals, especially farm animals, can experience feelings and emotions too? For this kind-hearted Texan, comforting a mourning momma cow was the least he could do after she lost her calf on Mother’s Day no less.
Texas residents Benjamin and Kayla Tipps were visiting family for Mother’s Day when they heard a friend’s cow had had a difficult labour.
The cow was to be mom for a second time, having previously given birth to a healthy calf.
“We didn’t think she would have any problems,” Kayla said according to Inside Edition.
But this time there were complications. The cow had been in labor for several days before the sac containing the calf burst open, and the calf died instantly.
The mother cow had to give birth to her stillborn calf on Mother’s Day.
Benjamin, who is known by his family and friends for having a big heart, went to visit the grieving momma cow.
“She was crushed — just devastated, and she was tired from the labor,” Kayla said according to Inside Edition.
It might seem far-fetched, but mother cows create famously strong bonds with their calves. We may think of them as stupid, but cows are among the most social animals on the planet.
But none of that mattered.
Stricken with grief for this poor cow’s plight, Benjamin did the only thing he could — he lay down next to the cow and did his best to comfort her.
“She laid down, and Ben laid down and was kind of massaging her and comforting her,” Kayla told Inside Edition.
His wife was so moved by his compassion she took a photo of the touching moment.
“What a great heart this man has,” Kayla wrote according to Share Ally. “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.”
The pictures immediately went viral and people all over the country were moved by the poor cow’s loss, and Benjamin’s act of kindness.
One commenter on Twitter said it best, “Beautiful and sad.”
According to Inside Edition, Kayla reports that the cow is recovering.
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Top Image Credit: Facebook/Benjamin Kayla Tipps and David Paul Morris/Getty Images