Smith successfully bid on the pair and rushed them to a veterinarian, where they required three weeks of treatment. "Both animals were very sick after being kept in freezing cold pens at the auction with no food, water or bedding, and the little calf almost did not survive," Poplar Spring wrote.
Fortunately, they pulled through, and on Monday they arrived at their new home at Poplar Spring's Maryland sanctuary. Soon after their arrival, they were able to venture out into Poplar Spring's fields for the first time. For Lucas, this was the first time in his short, turbulent live that he'd ever seen grass - and the result was magical.
While Ruby played the role of cautious mother, Lucas was "sooooo excited," one staffer wrote, as he raced and frolicked around his mom.