At The Gentle Barn, a non-profit rescue facility for at-risk animals in Los Angeles, dozens of cows, horses, turkeys, goats, and other residents celebrate Mother’s Day today.

The Gentle Barn is dedicated to rescuing entire families and keeping moms and babies together at all costs. The latest new residents include a highly bonded mother and baby boy cow – who were rescued from a roping facility. Did you know that cow moms nurse for up to four or five years and keep their babies close even later in life? 

Says Gentle Barn co-founder Ellie Laks “Mothers Day is not just for us humans, at The Gentle Barn lucky animals get to celebrate too, often for the very first time. Whenever we are able to, we rescue mommy animals to keep them with their babies forever. Animal moms are not only dedicated, attentive, protective, and nurturing, but have so much to teach us about bonding. I am thrilled to have been able to rescue this new mom and baby and give her Mothers Day!”