What would you do if you were suddenly entrusted with a three-day-old calf? Do you politely refuse or do you go out on a limb and embrace the opportunity?
Lacey Gray of Michigan City, Mississippi chose the second option. She had called a family member, a rancher, asking him if she could use a calf for a photo shoot with her two-year-old daughter. Laughing, the rancher explained that it wasn’t possible. “That is not how that works,” he told her. “You cannot just borrow a calf without the mom going crazy.”
As fate would have it, however, Lacey got her opportunity. The following day she received a phone call. The mother of a newborn calf had fallen and was severely injured. The rancher asked his niece if she would be interested in taking care of the orphaned calf.
Although it meant bottle-feeding the calf several times a day, Lacey agreed. This meant getting the photo op she desired, of course. But she had no idea what was in store for her.
Lacey has a two-year-old daughter named Kinley. This young girl bonded with the baby cow instantly. The calf spent her first night in the laundry room, where she was assaulted by an immediate barrage of kisses and affection. Kinley immediately fell in love with the calf, kissing her, reading stories and walking her.
The Gray’s named the calf Molly. Molly and Kinley quickly became inseparable.
The calf is now two weeks old, and Kinley goes with her everywhere. She likes to kiss her on the nose and both of her ears. She lifts up Molly’s face so that she can kiss her nose better. She is very protective of the young calf, sometimes even preventing the family dogs from approaching. Kinley wants Molly all for herself.
This story, of course, has only just begun. At birth, a calf can weigh anywhere from 50 to 100 pounds. As an adult, they can weigh well over 1000. They require a lot of food, and veterinary costs can be expensive.
Cows are also sweet and loving beasts, and Lacey is excited for the journey her family has embarked upon. Describing her reaction upon capturing the two babies together. With any luck, Lacey Gray and her family will have many wonderful years taking care of this poor orphan calf.
Many people find rescuing animals to be an extremely rewarding experience. Rescuing and raising a cow is certainly more challenging than a dog or a cat, but that just may make it all the more rewarding in the end.
NYPD Solves a High-Profile Turtlenapping
The New York City Police Department makes headlines every day, but it is not every day that the NYPD makes headlines for solving a turtle kidnapping case. But kudos go to the NYPD for solving the disappearance of a beloved resident of Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, 100-year-old African spurred tortoise, Millennium.
A Century of Millennium at Alley Pond
Millennium could have been a youthful, 11-year-old turtle when the 655-acre Alley Pond Park was acquired by the City of New York in 1929. When Millennium found his, her, or its way to the park, the Alley Pond was the source of water that the town of Flushing used for, well, flushing. Millennium survived the construction of the Long Island Expressway across the park, the creation of a golf course, and the founding of the Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Queens in 1972.
Or maybe Millennium wasn’t around for any of those events. Although Millennium undoubtedly weighs about 100 pounds, and is larger than many of the children who come to visit him every day the park is open, the turtle rescuers who found the intrepid animal believe he could be a mere 17 years old or possibly as much as 100 years old. Either way, visitors to the park regularly ask to see him. And that is how they learned he was missing.
A Shocking Tortoise Disappearance
When visitors asked to see Millennium on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Millennium was nowhere to be found. The attendants had no difficulty locating Millennium’s companion turtle Mini-Me, but even checks of video surveillance cameras showed no sign of the celebrity turtle. We think of tortoises as moving slowly, but actually they can move quickly, blending in with trees and grasses, so the park staff held out hope that Millennium might just be taking a little vacation looking for a different source of grass and grubs. But when there was no trace of Millennium the next day, they had no choice but to call the police. They were afraid they had a Code 597, abuse of an animal.
Millennium Returns from Connecticut
Fortunately, a Connecticut resident with a conscience made the reunion of Millennium with his young fans possible. And helped the police nab the turtlenappers’ accomplice Shawn Waters in the process.
Thirty-seven year old Shawn Waters loves turtles. He kept small turtles and other animals in the apartment he shared with his mother in Queens. On the afternoon of July 18, Waters was approached by two men who had cut a hole in the back of Millennium’s enclosure and absconded with the famous reptile. They made a deal with Waters to sell him the stolen turtle, and Waters started to take Millennium home in a stolen shopping cart. But no sooner did he have Millennium in his clutches than he realized his mother would never let him keep Millennium at home.
Waters hatched a plan to cover up his crime and get a smaller turtle his mother would approve. A man in Stamford, Connecticut had placed an ad on Craigslist to sell his musck turte. Waters struck a deal to swap reptiles and get $300 cash in the process. (Ordinarily, a turtle of Millennium’s 2 foot by 2-1/2 foot size and gentle watermelon-eating habits would have fetched about $2500, according to park officials.) Waters, who does not own a car, took a commuter train with Millennium to Connecticut, where he sealed the deal.
But by this time the police were checking turtle transactions on Craigslist. They located the buyer, who surrendered the turtle, which was returned safely to Alley Pond Park.
Waters was arrested and later sentenced to six months in jail at Rikers Island. His mother reports that he hopes to get his license to work as a security guard back when he gets out of jail.
Strange Sounds Coming From the Walls Reveal a HAUNTING Surprise to New Homeowners!
No matter where you are in the country, every town has a story about that house. You know the one. The house that looms above all, lending urban legends and stories to people in the community. Well, today, we are going to introduce you to a home in Germantown, Tennessee, as well as the mysterious sounds that emanated from its walls. Let’s dig in because this story is going to make you want to check your own walls!
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