WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) -- Three lucky calves are settling in to their new home at Farm Sanctuary, just a month after they were thrown from a moving truck on the Southern Tier Expressway.
The truck, carrying dozens of calves was en route to a veal processing plant, when fifteen were found on highways in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Two of the calves are recovering at the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen. The third, who suffered several broken bones, remains at Cornell Veterinary Hospital.
"They were all very sick," says Susie Coston, National Shelter Director at Farm Sanctuary. "They all had rotavirus and cryptosporidium and all of these other conditions."
But despite these--and several other infections--the calves have all proven they're finally settling in to their new home.
"All of the things animals go through before they get here brings them in with not only physical issues but psychological issues," says Coston. "When you finally get to see then playing for the first time, it's inspiring. It's a really great feeling."
The calves still have a long road to recovery. The female, for example, suffered from a broken pelvis, leg and several other fractures.
Coston says the calves will likely stay in quarantine until the Spring, before being integrated into a larger herd.
"A lot of the animals that are out there are female, former dairy cows, so they're obsessed with babies," says Coston. "So [that means] a lot of attention. They'll be very playful because they'll be together, but we also have a whole group of young cows out there, so they'll have best friends too."
Farm Sanctuary is asking for donations to help in the calves' recovery. You can donate here.