Frida the Fighter;
Frida was found as a “down cow” on a nearby cattle farm. This term is given to cows that are so unwell and weak, that they simply cannot get up on their feet. Frida was surrendered into our care June 1st 2022. We knew this was going to be our most challenging rehabilitation case yet, but we had to try.
When Frida was surrendered, she had a total body score of 1. She was completely emaciated, malnourished, and incredibly underdeveloped for her age. She was covered head to toe in ticks, leaving her severely anaemic. Her red blood cell count was down to 11.2%, when it should sit around 30%-40%. She had severe pneumonia, septic arthritis, and severe dehydration. Upon initial assessment with our vets, they were genuinely amazed that she was still alive.
Our team worked around the clock with Frida to ensure a positive outcome. Being a down cow, Frida could not stand or use her legs, so we used a sling to hoist her up onto her feet multiple times a day. We did everything in our power to help Frida. Providing physical therapy, massage therapy, administering medications, and just as importantly providing lots of love. After weeks of hard work and determination, Frida stood on her own.
Frida fought for her life for a month straight. There were many times where we thought she wouldn’t make it, but with each challenge Frida fought harder. She is an absolute warrior, and a constant reminder of just how much can be achieved with love, kindness, and compassion.
We cannot wait to see what the rest of Fridas life looks like, but we do know that it is going to be full of joy, kindness, compassion, and love.