Animals have been turning up in some unlikely — and likely very unsuitable — places as of late. Last week, a man looking to get high on weed found a large, well-fed tiger in an abandoned Houston house. Now, on the other end of the spectrum, a malnourished baby cow has been rescued from a small hay-filled bathroom in a Asheville, North Carolina, family’s home.
Lucy the calf was discovered after Carolina Waterfowl Rescue of Charlotte, North Carolina, was informed of her situation by one of the Asheville family’s relatives via Facebook Messenger, reports the Charlotte Observer. “Help. My brother in law found a baby beef cow wandering around in a field (and) couldn’t track down the mother,” said the post. “The calf is living in their bathroom … We realize this isn’t a sustainable situation.”
PEOPLE reached out to Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, best known for its famous emu and donkey rescue BFFs (who were adopted by Jeffrey Dean Morgan!), to learn more about the one-month-old calf.
“[Originally] she was found in a field alone. The owner of the cows searched for her mother, but couldn’t identify her,” says Carolina Waterfowl Rescue’s executive director Jennifer Gordon. At that point, the family brought the calf inside.
“We believe she was in the bathroom a week,” says Gordon. “I don’t think conditions were ideal as they had planned to move her outside. Temperatures were freezing and the baby wouldn’t have made it without proper shelter.” The rescue soon made arrangements to transport the calf and take over her care.
The calf, who is named for I Love Lucy star Lucille Ball (she is “curious and mischievous like Lucy,” according to Gordon), was suffering from dehydration and diarrhea. Just a few weeks later, Lucy is on the mend and has grown from 40 to 110 pounds! Videos posted to Facebook show Lucy happily running around, playing and chasing a toy ball.
“She is very loving and playful,” Gordon tells PEOPLE. “Our volunteers nicknamed her the big puppy. She loves to frolic and play.”
It is possible Lucy does not recognize herself as a cow.
“She will have a hard time identifying as a cow because she was never around cows,” says Gordon. “We have started trying to introduce her to our cows in the meantime.”
Gordon tells PEOPLE the best permanent future home for Lucy is a farm sanctuary where the animals are not eaten. Lucy is a black Angus calf, and she probably would’ve been killed for consumption had she not been rescued.
Currently, Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is hoping to raise funds to move from its 11-acre site to a 50-acre farm. Find out how you can help Lucy and other needy animals by checking out the nonprofit’s website or following them on Facebook now.
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