TRAFALGAR, Ind. (WISH) — There’s an update on “Victor OlaBeefo,” the calf born with a leg injury at a Trafalgar farm.
“Victor OlaBeefo” is recovering after born with a leg injury and was named in tribute to Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo, who is currently recovering from a major leg injury.
The calf was born March 20, according to its owner, Forest “Hink” Albertson. Many cows have been born at Albertson’s farm since it was founded in 1965, but none of them were like Victor.
Victor stood out. Albertson says after Victor was born, he didn’t take to his mother right away, so he bottle fed the calf. That’s when he discovered that Victor had an injured leg.
A veterinarian put a cast on Victor after confirming he had a compound fracture.
“You noticed how he’s dragging it [when he walks],” Albertson said. “But that’s kept that joint stiff so it can go ahead and heal.”
Albertson said his family are big-time Pacer fans and watch almost every game. His granddaughter picked out the name.
“I saw he had a yellow cast on, and it just struck me that he was little Victor OlaBeefo,” Ashley Walden Owens said. “We don’t name every calf, just the ones that require special attentio.”
Oladipo suffered a season-ending leg injury. The Pacers told News 8 the real Victor Oladipo is going through rehab in Miami.
Oladipo sent News 8 a statement after learning of his namesake:
“I was flattered and honored to hear about his calf. I hope its rehab goes as well as mine is going and it has a happy, healthy life.”
Victor Oladipo and Victor OlaBeefo are both expected to make full recoveries.
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