Applecheek Farm in Hyde Park is a certified organic diversified family farm. They raise a variety of animals, including, of course, cows. But one calf born this spring really stands out. Her name is Rezzy, short for resurrection. And there is a good reason for that.
"When Rezzy came out she was in really bad shape. She was near death, I thought. I tried to massage her and get her going, but she was just laying back and I didn't think she was going to make it," owner John Clark said.
And there was another problem-- Rezzy couldn't see.
"Finally she was standing, but after she started to walk some we discovered she was blind. She was completely blind in both eyes and would walk right into the wall," John said.
And because she was blind, she could not properly nurse from her mother.
John's young son and daughter begged their father to save the calf.
"I didn't really exactly want my Dad to put her down," daughter Sophia said.
So the children bottle fed her twice a day and did a lot of praying. Their hard work paid off. Rezzy is now a healthy calf and part of the family.
"I bring her in the house play with her," Sophia said. "I only rode her once and then fell off."
Rezzy spent a lot of time in a hoop house beside the so-called Egg Mobile, the mobile chicken coop, and a strange thing happened.
"A lot of times Rezzy will come out and she will find where ever this egg mobile is out in the field. She will walk around the field, find where the eggmobile is parked and she will hang out with the chickens" John said.
In fact, John says Rezzy has no interest in other calves or even the cows.
John says Rezzy has made great progress and physically she is healthy. Psychologically-- that's another issue. Seems she prefers beaks to teats.
Reporter Judy Simpson: Does she think she is a chicken?
John Clark: I think she is trying to figure out if she is a chicken or a person and she can't figure it out... breaks our hearts to tell her that she is neither.
John says people who have read Rezzy's story on the farm's Facebook page stop by the farm to meet her. The family hopes to eventually use her for hand milking as part of their agritourism business. But for now she is content to play with her kids and hang out with her chickens.
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