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Tucker tryptich
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Posted By: frogoutofwater, 07-20-2015, 07:52 AM

This is part of series of photos I took of Tucker, a 2500-lb steer who was rescued from a petting zoo and now lives at Catskill Animal Sanctuary. (It was the petting zoo's practice to buy baby animals and then send them to slaughter after about a year, when they stopped being babies.)

He is looking a bit agitated in some of these photos because he was being bothered by flies. After a while, he ambled over for a head and chin scratch.

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07-20-2015, 11:38 AM   #2
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He looks so cute in the middle picture
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He looks so cute in the middle picture
Ironically, I think that's the moment when the flies were really bothering him.

He's a real sweetheart. He did that thing that dogs and cats do when they want you to know that they're not finished with being stroked. I stopped and turned to walk away, and he made a kind of quiet mumph noise. I turned around, and he bobbed his head a bit. I walked back over and he tucked his nose under my hand and gently lifted it - as if to say, "Please keep scratching."
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(It was the petting zoo's practice to buy baby animals and then send them to slaughter after about a year, when they stopped being babies.)
That made my stomach do an unhappy flop.

Anyway, that's an entertaining tryptich. I can't help but think there are folks who would enjoy having it hung on their wall... it has a folksy sort of expressiveness to it.

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That made my stomach do an unhappy flop. .
It's a common practice in petting zoos.
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Tucker is a adorable. If I wasn't already a vegetarian, I might become one after seeing these pictures and hearing your story.
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