Two steers from Thaxton, Virginia, have more Facebook fans than most people you or I know — 278,000 at the time of this writing. They also have over 47,000 subscribers on YouTube. The steers, Kyloe and Hamish, which are Scottish Highlands, reside at the cleverly named Thistle Do Farm, and owner Marc Stewart has nurtured their popularity though social media videos. Now, many of those Facebook and YouTube fans are stepping in to help.
That’s because, according to local media, Hamish has lumpy jaw, which can be fatal for cattle if it goes untreated. Stewart told the social media audience that he was taking Hamish to the Virginia Tech School of Veterinary Medicine for large animals.
“We anticipate the cost, right now, to be about $3,000, but right now I don’t have it,” Stewart said.
So he created a GoFundMe page called Support Thistle Do Farm to help cover the expenses. On it, Steward explains: “Thistle Do Farm originally started out as just a simple hobby farm … but it quickly became apparent that Hamish and Kyloe had a bigger purpose in life. One of the most amazing things that I’ve learned since I started posting the videos, is seeing the bond I share with my Highlands, give people hope. The stories I get from people who offer me thanks and encouragement when they’re sometimes at their lowest, is humbling.”
He set a $50,000 goal, with the idea of paying forward any money he gets that goes beyond the medical bills. As of Monday morning, he has a little over $15,000 raised.
Hamish — whose full name is Hamish Duncan McCallum Sandiland Stewart — is 9 years old and weighs about 2,000 pounds. According to WFXR-TV, veterinarians have told Stewart that if everything goes according to plan, Hamish should pull through. The steer, however, is expected to have some permanent swelling along his jaw. We’re sure Kyloe is looking forward to having his buddy back.
You can watch WFXR report below, but of course, you’ll have to let slide the fact that the anchor refers to these steers as “cows” (here’s a little primer on Animal Agriculture Terminology 101 that they should read!).