Ogemaa (Ogie, for short) was about to be sold to a veal farm when we were lucky enough to be able to intervene. He and his brother, Nandi, came to us at only a day old.

Ogemaa is named after a dear friend of the sanctuary’s founder, an Anishinaabe medicine man who crossed over just as Ogie was born. Ogemaa means “Chief”, and Ogie takes his name very seriously!

From the beginning, Ogie was (and continues to be) high energy and assertive. We were overjoyed to bottle feed the two for as long as we could.

Today, nearly full grown, the steers tower over us, but in our eyes they will always be our babies. Ogie prefers sweet apples and back rubs from his cow friend, Snuffleupagus.

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