An Eggless Easter
Yesterday, Ryan and I headed up to Animal Acres for the Eggless Easter celebration. They were having a vegan bake sale, so I donated some brownies and gluten-free chocolate cookies and also got to enjoy some goodies that other guests brought. We had a chance to hang out with lots of the animals, including Lila, pictured above. She was incredibly affectionate, loved being pet, and wouldn’t leave Ryan’s side as he took photos of the turkeys and ducks. It was pretty adorable.
It had been a while since we’d seen the cows at Animal Acres, and they were HUGE! Paolo (aka Maggie Moo) was not willing to share anyone’s attention with the other cows. As soon as someone pet any cow other than Paolo, she would come charging over and head-butt the attention stealer. You can see I’m keeping my distance here as I was trying to sneak a pet before Paolo saw what was happening.
This photo barely shows the scope of the size of this cow. She was amazingly tall and also very long. Most cows are slaughtered before the grow to their full size. They’re killed (or die from exhaustion) at about six or seven years, but cows can grow to be as old as 25 if they’re allowed to.
This little calf hurried off as soon as Ryan was able to sneak this shot of her. Unlike the other cows, she was very afraid of people, and with good reason. A student at UCLA went home to Kansas and stole this calf. He hog-tied and threw her in the trunk of his car, before driving across the country, back to California. For the three days the journey took, Joee had no food or water, and once he got her here, the student left her tied up on the lawn of a rival fraternity house as a “prank.”
Thankfully someone called Animal Services, who then contacted Animal Acres, and Joee was brought there to live out the rest of her life. Joee’s story has a happy ending, but it was so hard to see such a beautiful creature so afraid, and to think about what she’d been through to make her that way.
So to end on a lighter note, take a look at this guy and his awesome feathered head. I can only imagine Einstein got his name for that crazy mop-top, and I swear he had an attitude to match. I loved watching him strut around, happy to pose for photos.
If you live in the Los Angeles area and haven’t been to Animal Acres, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s such a welcome break from the city, and the animals are such a joy to be around. It’s a special place that you need to experience first hand to really appreciate.