This Monument honours Clarabelle, a cow who was rescued from a dairy farm and brought to a sanctuary. As the story goes, soon after arriving at the sanctuary, Clarabelle gave birth in secret. Not knowing that she was now safe, Clarabelle hid her newborn calf among tall grasses and fallen logs, away from any humans who might take him away as they had done with all her other calves. Clarabelle herself had been separated from her own mother hours after her birth, and isolated in a calf "hutch". She was then put on a regimen of manual insemination, pregnancy, birth, calf separation, lactation, machine milking, and insemination again. Before arriving at the sanctuary, Clarabelle had been under physical restraint for much of her life in a tie-stall system, chained by her neck to her milking stall, and restrained during impregnation.
A statue of Clarabelle and her calf, Valentine, in the tall grass, with discarded chains and insemination instruments cast off to the side, brings into view the losses endured by mother cows and calves and reminds us of the inviolate bonds between mother and child. At the base of the statue are images carved in relief that tell the story of Clarabelle’s life.