Cincinnati Freedom Passes Away at Farm Sanctuary

Sadly a cow famous for her escape from an Ohio slaughterhouse passed away recently at the NY Farm Sanctuary. The Farm Sanctuary site has a lovely and moving testimonial to Cinci’s life. I suggest that everyone to go to the site, read the story and watch the photo slide! If anyone has any doubt that cows do in fact bond and have friendships much like our own, read the following passage:

When it came time to say goodbye to Cinci, the herd gathered close around her. One of the eldest steers, Kevin, stepped forward to lick her face, while Iris, an older female, licked her back, soothing and keeping her calm up until she took her final breath. After our beautiful girl passed, every member of the herd approached to say goodbye, each one sharing with Cinci one last moment of affection. Though heartbreaking, the herd’s mourning ritual was also beautiful and comforting, as there was no doubt that Cinci not only lived, but also died knowing that she was cherished by all.

Cincinnati Freedom was an amazing cow and she will not soon be forgotten. Keep her in mind the next time you wonder if only humans have joie de vivre!

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  1. Shoshin.Seishu said,

    January 11, 2009 at 7:05 am

    In memoriam, Cincinnati Freedom: Requiescat in pace

  2. Maureen said,

    January 12, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Aww, that’s a really sweet tribute. Rest in peace, Cincinnati Freedom.

  3. Sara said,

    January 15, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Unfortunately I know all to recently the woes of losing a companion animal, and watching Mocha saying goodbye to Copper also assured me that this will be a time of mourning not just for me, but for her as well – and that we will heal each other together through this empathy we share. I can only imagine it would be exactly the same with animals all over the world (cows, horses, badgers, opossums, ferrets, whatever…) – whether in an animal sanctuary, a slaughterhouse watching their fellow compadres being murdered in front of them in line, or in nature outside of man’s reach… the grieving and loss of a loved one (or even a stranger) is a constant among all beings, it’s only the depth at which we feel a loss is what varies. While I feel for the loss of Cinci, I don’t feel the same mourning as I do over my baby Copper – but this doesn’t lessen the impact of the loss it has on some more than others (humans and animals, alike).

  4. Carol Lindsay said,

    January 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I had been wondering what happened to “freedom” ever since I heard that the Shott estate was sold. I have been thinking all these years that she lived there. Just a coincidence connected me with this site, one year later.

    I have been blogging for animal rights when the subject comes up in newspapers. Very sorry that the puppy auctions remain.

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