The Gentle Barn, Tennessee, announced last night that Dudley had sadly passed away after an ulcer in his stomach ruptured.
The Gentle Barn, Tennessee, saves animals from abuse or neglect and gives a home to those who are rejected for adoption. They rescue horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, llamas, peacocks, emus, cats and dogs.
Their most famous resident was a cow called Dudley. Dudley was bought by a cattle rancher as a calf but when bailing twine got caught around his foot, constricting the blood flow, his foot was severed off.
The rancher gave Dudley antibiotics but, as costs mounted, eventually Dudley was taken to The Gentle Barn.
The centre immediately facilitated a medical examination with a view to giving Dudley a prosthetic foot. It was a rocky road to success for the Barn and Dudley but eventually Dudley adjusted to the prosthetic foot and became a champion for people and animals around the world with physical disabilities.
However, the rescue centre became increasingly concerned after Dudley stopped eating and appeared to be severely bloated. Consequentially, Dudley went into surgery late last night. Previously, The Gentle Barn trailed acupuncture to stimulate Dudley’s digestion but to no avail. Sadly, Dudley passed away in surgery.
Dudley’s story is truly remarkable and touched the hearts of thousands of people around the world.
In a Facebook post last night The Gentle Barn Tennessee said: “I don’t know why these things happen, I don’t know why extreme loss is part of our earth experience, but I’m so deeply grateful to have been graced by Dudley over the last two years.”
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