Baby calves are cute, and babies are adorable, but when you put them together, it's almost too much to handle.
But we’re so thankful photographer Lacey Gray did just that.
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“I’m a local photographer here in Mississippi,” Gray told TODAY. “People were tagging me this photo — it was of two calves and a baby. People were telling me ‘You have to do something like this. You’ve got to do it.’”
What began as inspiration for a photo soon became much more. Gray's husband 's uncle connected her with a calf named Molly whose mom had recently died, and Molly quickly became a part of Gray’s family.
In fact, Molly even spent her first night in the Gray's house, and Kinley read her bedtime stories.
“I love her. And I feel like she genuinely loves me too," Gray said. “What’s even better is watching my child with Molly. I know that feeling that I get, that love from Molly, and I just hope Molly feels that from us.”
Molly is now a part of the Gray family’s daily routine: They feed her in the morning, and they walk with her in the afternoon.
“I don't want her to ever be left out, I don’t want her to be lonely — that’s my biggest fear,” said Gray. “I want her to know our touch, our voice. I never wanted her to feel a void or anything like that because she really is just like a baby.”
The family knows that once Molly grows up, they will need to move her to a nearby pasture. But for now, they’re soaking up every second.
“I know this is something so small to most people, but it’s so nice just to be enlightened for a second.”
We can't wait to see more pictures of the unlikely bond!