Young Pippi was born over a month premature at a New England dairy farm, and no one expected her to live for very long.
The tiny calf had an incurable heart condition that left her too weak to stand, let alone play like other calves. At just three months old, she weighed less than a newborn and wasn’t thriving. As a result, dairy veterinarians suggested euthanasia to put her out of her misery.
But Pippi wasn’t miserable; despite her ailments, she seemed bright and cheerful. Thanks to a compassionate friend named Virginia, Pippi is now safe at Farm Sanctuary, and changing lives for other farm animals.
At first glance, some might have found Pippi unremarkable. She was just one calf out of the millions born into the dairy industry each year. Due to her condition, she would never be able to enter production; that’s why most farmers, when faced with sick animals, refuse to treat an individual that will ultimately not be “profitable.”
Virginia however, saw things differently: she knew that Pippi’s disabilities didn’t lessen her right to life.