Nrisimha departs after a long life on the farm

Nrisimha (shown here in his younger days) recently passed away at the age of 21

Nrisimha was born on the farm in 1996 right before Lord Nrisimhadeva’s appearance day. He was the son of our Holstein Yamuna, the result of a secret visit from the neighbor’s bull. We had no idea that Yamuna was pregnant until she started showing signs and our vet confirmed it.

Nrisimha was always a force to be reckoned with in the pasture and showed this even when he was small. When he finished nursing he would clamp his mouth on one of his mother’s teats and back up stretching it until she kicked him. She nursed him a lot longer than we thought she would. If fact we thought she would never wean him but finally one day she had had enough. Needless to say he was very upset so we put him in with our elderly bull Dharma. They instantly bonded and Nrisimha would playfully bounce around Dharma and beat him on the neck with his head. Dharma would stand stoically for Nrisimha’s playful poundings like a doting grandfather.

As long as there were bigger cows in the pasture Nrisimha wasn’t too bad but when he became the biggest and strongest he was a quite the bully to the other cows and people. He stabbed me in the leg one time when I was trying to put a halter on him and he would swing his head at visitors who were trying to feed him. He didn’t have many cow friends but that didn’t seem to bother him as long as he got what he wanted.

When Nrisimha was about two years old he developed this lump under his jaw. The vet was called but the prognosis wasn’t good. It was cancer. He gave Nrisimha a couple of shots and we gave him some homeopathic medicines but Nrisimha started growing thin and we thought we would lose him then. But slowly he started to get stronger and the lump dried up. It went into remission for 18 years until a few months ago when it came back with a vengeance.

He left this world a few days after Lord Nrisimhadeva’s appearance day this year at the age of 21. That would be equivalent to 105 years for a human. He lived a good, long life of doing whatever he wanted. It was the only way he would have it.

Thanks go out to Nrisimha’s sponsors who provided support for his lifetime care: Mahavira and Jaya Gauri Roberts, Madhava and Guruseva Barsaleau, Kirtan Rasa  Mausert and Family, and Premendra Shivhare .

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