The Liber8ed are a group of steers that are the sole survivors of a serious transport truck accident outside of Washington, Iowa.
This kind of thing is more common than you think.
Please check out the short documentary "Alive By Accident" below by Bite Size Vegan for more information.
Django is the biggest of the Liber8ed and therefore took on a leadership role with them, day one. We originally thought Django hadn't sustained any injuries in the crash, but after some rain washed away the poo and mud that covered parts of him, we noticed a few large lacerations; one on his back by his hip and spine, the other on his front leg. His front leg experienced some swelling and as soon as we noticed it, we got him to the vet. Django has always been curious about humans, he will let you pet him briefly and even take treats from your hands. He was named by a couple who donate and visit the sanctuary every chance they get. They named him after the movie, because he is now free. "The D is silent."
Max is part of the liber8ed that were rescued after a horrific semi-truck accident. He was the first to go to the ISU large animal hospital as the extensive injuries to his face made us prepare for the worst. He had a broken jaw and bones surrounding his right eye. He was sadly not a candidate for surgery. Most of the right side of his face is paralyzed. But, that doesn’t keep him from being incredibly sweet. Max gets soft food every day as he has a difficult time eating. He is starting acupuncture at the ISU large animal hospital to hopefully regain some motor skills in his face. It’s incredible to see how trusting he is
Frank is the most cautious of all the Liber8ed, just capturing a photo of him for this post has proved difficult! He even seems to be a bit cautious around the other steer. We have found some treats that are totally breaking barriers with him though! If we can make our arms stretch as far away from our bodies as humanly possible, he will take a peppermint treat from us!! Frank's most distinguishing feature is his missing tail-- he lost it in the semi accident. He also had a laceration on his mouth that went down to the bone. The laceration was flushed out at ISU but his tail was already on the mend. Next summer, we will explore options for making a faux tail for him to keep the flies away. Frank was named by our founder, Jered Camp, as Jered felt like he was a "Frank the tank".
Rocco miraculously escaped the accident without any major injuries. He is the only member of the Liber8ed we have not had to take to the Iowa State University Large Animal Hospital, and for that reason he was the last one still wearing an ear tag. Rocco is still learning that humans can be trusted, we work with him everyday. We really don't blame him at at all for his distrust of us, but we love seeing him relax and settle in to his new home. Rocco was named by one of our biggest supporters, Kris Giovanetti, an organizer with The Save Movement.
Tucker was one of the last of The Liber8ed to head to the Iowa State University Large Animal Hospital. We noticed he was having some trouble eating and upon watching him graze, we noticed some of his teeth were knocked loose. ISU revealed he had quite a bit of damage to the inside of his mouth, but assured us that it would heal up on its own-- although he may lose some teeth. Tucker tends to hang back and let his brothers make sure things are safe before he follows. As cautious as he is, he will still occasionally take treats from our hands. He much prefers his soft grain to the alfalfa we give them. If you've been wondering how we tell these boys apart, Tucker is definitely the easiest to spot! He has the longest, most beautiful, curly, fluffy hair! Pictures don't even do this fluffy guy justice! Tucker was named by our board member, Chelsea Wilde, in honor of her family.