"When I first saw her, I could tell that she had just been born," Sam told The Dodo. "You could see that her umbilical cord was still attached."
He wasn't sure what they should do next, but it soon became clear that they'd been summoned to help. At first, Sam was reluctant to approach the calf fearing that her mother might suddenly see him as a threat.
"I didn't want to get close with her still next to the calf. One kick could have killed me," says Sam.
"But perhaps she perceived my hesitation, since she then moved away. That was the most incredible part of the story. She actually moved away so that I could approach the calf."
While the calf's mother looked on from distance, Sam and his friend tried to assess what was wrong, suspecting that the infant may have dropped awkwardly from her mother while being born and was perhaps stunned. She didn't appear to be bleeding or injured.
"We somehow managed to get the calf on its feet and it walked a few steps and it fell down," says Sam.
After deciding that the exhausted animal needed more help than they could provide, Sam and his friend departed, stopping by a house so that wildlife veterinarian could be called out. Sadly, they later learned that the vet found the animal in an even weaker state, and that nothing could be done to save her. She died shortly after.