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Woman Makes A Promise To Calves She Rescued From A Medical Lab

"It's beyond unfair and I intend to do everything I can to make it up to you."

"Dear Zeus and Hayden," Gina Lynn, founder of New Life Animal Sanctuary, wrote this week, "I'm not a cow but if you pull through, I promise to be the best mama I can be to you."

Hayden was rescued from a pharmaceutical laboratory. | Gina Lynn/New Life Animal Sanctuary

Zeus and Hayden were just 3 days old when Lynn and her team rescued them from a pharmaceutical laboratory, and brought them to the sanctuary in Lake Elsinore, California.

Hayden was the stronger of the two calves the sanctuary rescued. | Gina Lynn/New Life Animal Sanctuary

Cow and calves from the meat industry are used to make "bovine serum," which aids in the research and development of drugs and vaccines. Their blood can be taken during slaughter from adult cows or from cow fetuses, when slaughtered cows are discovered to be pregnant. Other cows and calves become "donor" animals who give blood a few times before they are discarded.

Zeus was very weak after his rescue. | Gina Lynn/New Life Animal Sanctuary

Lynn's tribute and promise to the discarded baby cows continued: "I'm sorry that other humans have not valued your life and took you away from your real mama. It's beyond unfair and I intend to do everything I can to make it up to you. There are other loving, compassionate volunteers who will too. So many people are rooting for you and we will help you be strong."

Gina Lynn/New Life Animal Sanctuary

But the cows were weak, and just hours after Zeus was rescued and arrived at the sanctuary, he gave rescuers a scare.

People at the sanctuary helped Zeus gain his strength. | Gina Lynn/New Life Animal Sanctuary

"Sadly, one of the boys is fighting for his life tonight," Lynn wrote on Sunday. "We had to call the emergency vet to come out within an hour of their arrival because he was weak, had diarrhea and labored breathing."

Gina Lynn/New Life Animal Sanctuary

They named him Zeus, after the Greek god, because he "needed a strong name."

Rescuers gave him the name Zeus because he "needed a strong name." | Gina Lynn/New Life Animal Sanctuary

Hayden was stronger when he was rescued, but still needs to be monitored closely. He has an "angel wing marking on his forehead," Lynn said. "You can see that his umbilical cord is still attached."

Soon, Zeus was able to walk again. | Gina Lynn/New Life Animal Sanctuary

After a lot of bottle-feeding and petting, by Tuesday, Zeus was already stronger.

The rescued calves are finally safe. | Gina Lynn/New Life Animal Sanctuary

"Look who's standing and walking around on his own now!" Lynn wrote. "Go Zeus!"

Zeus was so weak, he gave his rescuers a scare, but soon he was able to stand on his own. | Gina Lynn/New Life Animal Sanctuary

And the future started looking bright for both of them. "Can you stand how precious they are?!" Lynn told The Dodo.

Gina Lynn/New Life Animal Sanctuary

You can help build these calves the home they deserve. Pitch in for the new cow enclosure at the New Life Animal Sanctuary here.

Gina Lynn/New Life Animal Sanctuary
Gina Lynn/New Life Animal Sanctuary