My plan for India had changed significantly by the time I…
I can’t believe how quickly my time here has passed. I am now looking at my final days with Animal Aid and I can’t help but feel sad that I’m leaving so soon. I have had an amazing time here. Though there have been some tough moments I have found the experience to be very rewarding and I am leaving feeling inspired.
It is the sad truth that not all of the animals will survive. When I arrived there were three beautiful little calves and a mother cow in a separate enclosure. One by one we lost them all and it broke my heart every time. My favourite place to spend time at animal aid is with the calves, unfortunately very few of them survive for long. Right now there are three orphan calves being cared for and I do have hope that at least two of them are going to make it to adulthood. We have named them Cocoa, Shadow and Rocky. Cocoa has a fractured leg but Shadow and Rocky are completely healthy.
One of my more memorable moments at Animal Aid was the day that they amputated Pepper the pig’s leg. I happened to be around during the procedure and was asked to hold up the piece of leg being removed so that the vet could better see what he was doing. I was holding it as it was detached. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel queasy at all.