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August 4, 1999

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Clifford, the Pet of the Day
Name: Clifford
Age: One year old
Gender: Male
Kind: Bovine, Charlois
Home: Texas, USA
   Clifford is almost one year old! He has come a long way! We found Clifford abandoned in the pasture across the road from our farm when he was approximately two weeks old and very sick! He could barely stand up and support himself.

    We called the cattle rancher to tell him about his calf and he said that he couldn't afford to take care of him and that the calf might not survive anyway. He then told us if we wanted to try to save the calf that we could. He also said that if the calf made it that we could keep him. So Clifford was named and was now a part of our family!

    For the next six months Clifford was hand fed with a syringe at least six times daily and lived in our front yard! (our dogs were not happy with this!) He then moved onto horse feed and migrated out to the pasture to live with the horses.

    Clifford is now approximately 600 pounds and doing quite well. He is not your normal Steer. Most cattle don't respond to their name (most don't have a name), most cattle won't try to sit in your lap to be groomed and most don't usually get a chance like Clifford did.

    I should tell you that we are not cattle ranchers or for that matter have ever been around much of any cattle. Living in Texas you always see cattle almost everywhere you go. Some are taken care of and some make you question humans place here on earth. I feel lucky that we found Clifford and were able to give him a chance. I hope we can save more! p.s. Just in case you're wondering Clifford will never ever go to market!

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