Ferdinand the bull has died after a 2-week fight

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ROANOKE, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (March 15):

Ferdinand, the calf that was in the process of recovery after being hit by a car two weeks ago in southwest Virginia, died Thursday afternoon.

"If love could have saved him, he would have lived forever," Angels of Assisi posted to Facebook on Thursday afternoon. "Thank you all for the outpouring of support sent his way."

"Try as we might, Ferdinand never gained any strength or movement in his back legs," Angels of Assisi wrote in a blog post. "Radiographs did not shed any light on what could be wrong, and as time passed, the realization that he was not going to walk again slowly and painfully sunk in. Acceptance is indeed a small, quiet room."

Angels of Assisi wrote a heartfelt blog documenting the story of Ferdinand that can be read here.

During his recovery, Ferdinand went by many names, including "Ferdinand the Bull" and "Ferdinand the Strong."


ORIGINAL STORY (March 1, 2019):

A calf is in critical condition at Angels of Assisi in Roanoke after being struck by a vehicle Thursday morning.

The Franklin County Animal Shelter Municipal Pound said the calf was found lying in a yard after being hit.

At first glance, the person who found the calf didn't think there was much hope for it.

Reportedly, blood was coming from the calf's nose, its eyes were dilated, and it had hardly moved or had any reactions.

But Dr. Clint Martin, a veterinarian with Pell Animal Hospital, arrived and delivered medication to stabilize the calf.

It was then transported to Roanoke's Angels of Assisi to undergo critical care treatment, where they say the calf sat up, ate, and mooed.

On March 1, they reported that the calf, which they called "Ferdinand," is doing well, and they could not locate any cattle farms near where he was found. He remains in critical condition, despite doing better, and may not recover.