Some animals get a second chance along with a completely new identity. A tiny “drop calf” from a dairy farm had such a stroke of luck this fall. The Hubbs family in northern California adopted the unwanted, one-day-old calf and incorporated him into the family.
Initially the tiny calf, Goliath, couldn’t stand on his own or eat. As the family nursed him to health, he started kicking and prancing around like a happy, healthy calf should.
Soon the family’s Great Dane, Leonidas, started to nudge and encourage the calf to stand and play. Goliath even tried to nurse on the friendly Leonidas. That’s probably where he learned his new dog-like habits.
Shaylee Hubbs told CBS News the friendly Dane “would lay down with the sick little cow for hours just to keep him company.”
Now, Goliath feels like a member of the canine world as he drinks from a bowl and sleeps on a large dog bed in the backyard playhouse. Every morning, he “wakes up and stands at the back door – his hot breath fogging up the window – to wait for the Great Dane.”
On one particular morning, the Hubbs family couldn’t find Goliath. Until they walked into the living room. The dog-like calf found the most comfortable seat in the house, taking up most of the living room sofa.
The popular picture garnered nearly 60,000 likes in less than two weeks.
Goliath may live up to his name in the very near future and have a tough time fitting into a playhouse or on the family sofa. But for now, he is an adorable canine companion.
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