AN ANIMAL-LOVER drove his pet cow 2,200 miles across America in a desperate bid to save his failing sight.
Dan McKernan rescued his Hereford calf Mike from a farm and noticed soon after that he was blind in one eye and needed surgery in the other because his retina was detached.
He read online about Dr Allison Hoffman, a veterinary surgeon who has restored the vision of hundreds of animals. Undeterred by the distance, the 28-year-old drove Mike from their home in Chelsea, Michigan, to the vet’s surgery in Pasadena, California.
The outward journey alone required three overnight stops — and when they finally arrived at their destination the operation was unsuccessful.
But Mr McKernan said: ‘I’m so glad we tried. I wanted to give Mike the best chance at saving his sight, just like I would if he was my pet dog or cat.’
He added Mike enjoyed the trip and they stopped off at tourist spot Mount Rushmore on the way home. ‘I guess when people saw him they were like “Holy crap, that’s a cow!”,’ he said.
The caring owner, who manages a sanctuary with 32 animals, has taken in another calf to be Mike’s seeing-eye friend. Both animals are thriving.