Rescuers at the sanctuary believe that Balarama's mother knew instinctively that her calf would be destined for a less-than-happy life. If the calf was a girl, she'd be constantly bred so that she'd keep producing milk. If the calf was a boy, he'd be sold as meat.
In the few hours Juliana's Animal Sanctuary gave the mother cow shelter, she gave birth to a tiny calf. It was a boy.
Then the dairy farmer arrived.
The farmer was prepared to take both mother cow and calf away, but the people at Juliana's farm just couldn't let the baby, so new to the world, get sold to a place designed to kill him. They begged the farmer to let them buy at least the boy, who was of no use to him.