This is the story of the unlikely friendship as the title says. Helen who is a blind bison at Oregon’s Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, was not lucky enough to find a single friend after all the time she spent there. She seemed to have made up her mind about her life being sad and lonely up until Oliver showed up until changed everything. The curious young Jersey calf was bold enough to get close to Helen who always looked nervous and suspicious. After
trust was built among these two they became an unbreakable pair.
The inseparable duo have become bffs . Its as if the bison has ‘adopted’ the young calf. With the passing of time Oliver’s fur has even changed the colors and now it is identical to hers.
“He’s actually turned into a baby buffalo,” Lighthouse Sanctuary’s Gwen Jakubisin told USA Today. “The change in her demeanor is incredible, her joy is palpable “
Gwen views their relationship as a one between a caring nanny who cares for a baby.
“Betsy (Oliver’s mom) usually drops Oliver off at ‘daycare’ and roams around while Helen watches over him for the rest of day, and she’s cool with that,” she added .
“I catch them grooming each other which is amazing because I don’t think Helen has ever had that opportunity to express that motherly instinct before.”
The daring act of Oliver of breaking down the high walls that Helen had build to hide her shy-self, has helped her to gain more confidence. Now She is confident enough to befriend other animals in the sanctuary, too.
According to the website of the sanctuary, over 200 animals, including pigs, cows, horses, chickens, sheep, and goats are taken care there. The sanctuary is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and, when appropriate, rehoming of abused and neglected farmed animals.
The sanctuary’s mission reads as “help shine a light on the realities of animal agriculture and lead the way to a more compassionate world.”
This is achieved by facilitating meaningful relationships between people and the animals that they care for.
The Facebook page of the sanctuary states that “At Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary we believe that every individual has the right to freedom,” “Freedom from pain, freedom from fear, and freedom from oppression. We provide those with the most heartbreaking stories hope and the promise of the freedom to be themselves. A promise of companionship, of love, and of care.”
“Our sanctuary is home to 250 non-human animals who have seen the very worst of humanity and every day they amaze us with their profound abilities to love and to be loved, even after the tragedies they have endured. Our goal is to share their stories with the community and bring about positive change in the way they are viewed by society.”
“By fostering beautiful, meaningful bonds between people and the animals they may see as “food” or as “things” we are changing the future for the individuals who mean so much to us.”
“People who visit and volunteer at the sanctuary often comment on the unique sense of peace they feel when being here. All of our residents cohabitate peacefully and have strong friendships with one another. They know they are safe and loved. We like to call it a kind of magic created by love, trust, and understanding.”
I’m pretty sure that you are very appreciative of the environment and the empathetic vision and work of the sanctuary which helped Oliver and Helen build this beautiful relationship.