Levsha (Russian for her original name, "Lefty") is a member of a herd of five cows who came from a North Carolina rescue who chose to refocus its efforts on dogs and cats. Levsha is one of the friendlier members of this crew, largely driven by her love of cookies. She has been known to try to basically swallow an entire hand to get to the cookie, and isn't above trying to climb into the Ranger, either.
The first time I approached Sassy, she tried to headbutt me. The second time I approached Sassy, she tried to headbutt me. The third time I approached Sassy, she tried to headbutt me. The fourth time... You get the idea. Sassy is the Hedy of Critter Hills, meaning she's got something of a challenging moo-sonality. She doesn't like us, and that's OK. We love her anyway.
Sweet, shy Monet was an overbred "spent" cow who was thankfully rescued with her last daughter. Her life has likely not been filled with good experiences with notcows, and as a result she is very non-trusting. She is gradually allowing us to get closer, and hopefully she will feel confident enough to take cookies someday.
Koroleva (Russian for her original name, "Reina"), is Monet's daughter. Like her mom, she is very shy and non-trusting. We are working on slowly allowing her to learn that we are safe. We recently made a breakthrough when she felt safe enough to approach us and take cookies.
One of our largest moos is the Big Bopper (formerly known, paradoxically, as Little Man). The most outgoing member of the North Carolina crew, the Big Bopper is a gentle giant. He also sadly has some health issues, including arthritis and a bone infection called lump jaw. We medicate his arthritis with 72(!!) anti-inflammatory pills at a time during flare-ups, and we monitor the lump jaw to ensure the infection remains under control.
Our largest critter is Seymour the water buffalo. This big, big man with a BIG personality is from Vermont where he was thankfully rescued and prevented from being a byproduct of the buffalo dairy industry. He is incredibly friendly, demanding pets of everyone who enters his field. Indeed, he is famous for his demands of BRUSH BUFFALO and there are innumerable photos of people doing just that. When Seymour asks for something, you just don't tell him no.
Seymour's best friend is a cow named Pepper, who happens to be one of the most beautiful moos we have ever seen. The two have been inseparable most of their lives. However, unlike Seymour, Pepper wasn't treated as a pet but was used for breeding, with several of her babies sent to slaughter. As a result, she has been a little slower to trust. Thankfully, she has begun opening up and has decided that head and neck scratches are quite nice, as are apples.
The first and only baby Pepper has ever been able to keep is her little fluff muffin Truffles. The two are very tightly bonded, and Truffles is also very bonded to Seymour. Indeed, we think she may believe herself to be a water buffalo. She's something of a spitfire and totally fearless, not hesitating to headbutt with the biggest members of the herd--and winning! She also won't hesitate to tell Seymour when she's unhappy with him for staying in the pond for too long.
Bella and Jingles
Sam Maybury raised Bella and Jingles from the time they were tiny babies and was horrified to find that her boss was sending them to market. In a panic, she contacted us to find out if we could give them a home--we said of course--then she went to the auction with a blank check, determined to save them. Fortunately she was successful, and she transported Bella and Jingles (named for their birth dates around Christmas) to Critter Hills.
Bella is very friendly and outgoing, while Jingles is on the shy side. However, the two are best friends and joined at the hip, so wherever Bella goes, Jingles follows. Their relationship is the classic introvert with the extrovert friend--the introvert would rather stay home and watch Netflix, but the extrovert drags them out anyway, making them socialize.