The initial news bit was a nice, human-interest story, nothing wrong with it. Then the calf stopped eating. The news people called to see how she was doing. The calf was taken to a vet for some intensive care. By the way, these folks have registered Shorthorn cattle, so I imagine the calf is worth spending extra money on.
But let's say the time comes to cut their losses. What if they decided Ruby is going to die anyway, so they choose to put her out of her misery. How do you explain that to big-city reporters in a way that won't make you come out looking like a murderer? Everybody in Kansas City now has a personal interest in the calf.
How often are the reporters going to check in on this little critter, anyhow? If the calf was out in the zero weather for any length of time, wet as babies are when they are first born, her ears and tail were frozen and will eventually drop off. How horrified will those reporters be when they come to take pictures of Ruby and find she has no ears or tail? Will they expect the farmer to take her to a plastic surgeon?
|cow who lost her ears due to frostbite|
So you won't be seeing me on the news any time soon... at least, I hope not!