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Oliver Prefers Popcorn, Not Veal


John Bergmann

Oliver, although called a bull, is actually a steer. He has been here about 12 years, and came to us as a young calf.
A writer for a children's magazine was doing a story on dairy farming, and while at a farm in Vermont, she saw Oliver's mom give birth to him. She was amazed and that night decided to include him in her story. The next day she went back to the farm to take pictures and get to know him better. When she got there she found mom but not Ollie, (as we call him).  When she asked where he was, a worker pointed him out, (he was now tied to a rail by himself, nowhere near mom), and told her that  the veal farmer was on his way out to pick Ollie up. The writer was so upset she asked what the veal farmer was going to pay for him, and she offered 100 dollars more.  She took Ollie on the spot, called us to get an OK, and drove him down to the zoo, where he's been ever since.

In the previous photo, Ollie sticks out his tongue to be fed unsalted, air-popped popcorn by a visitor, a favorite treat.  Whether begging for popcorn or just being grateful to be alive, Oliver looks to his friends on the Wildlife Club to help support him - would you considering sponsoring Ollie?

4/29/2005

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