For 15 years, Granny was a breeding cow for the meat industry, giving birth to 12 baby cows over the course of her "career" before finally being allowed to retire to an animal sanctuary -- instead of being sent off to slaughter, like each and every one of her calves. A few weeks ago, the overseers at Signal Hill Sanctuary, Granny's new home in Yass River, Australia, discovered that the cow was pregnant for the thirteenth time -- but with the first calf that she could actually keep.
On February 13th, Granny gave birth to Signal Hill's newest addition, aptly named Valentine. As Kris Ingram, the sanctuary's manager, told One Green Planet, Granny is still skeptical of humans who try to come near Valentine for fear the calf will be taken away. "The difference [between having a calf at Signal Hill] is that Valentine won't be tagged," Ingram said. "She won't be taken. She won't be hurt. She won't ever experience anything but love, respect, and adoration from the humans in her life."