A calf brought in from the cold last winter has become a family pet – and snuggles up alongside the dogs and cats every night to watch the telly.
Adorable pictures show baby calf Honey cuddling with her canine friends after being taken in by the Northmore family.
The playful mammal has become so settled she now thinks she’s just like the family’s domesticated animals.
And she refuses to budge from the sofa and loves nothing more than curling up to watch Bradley Walsh on The Chase every evening.
Honey is half Charlais and half Dexter, and is being raised by the Northmore family after a challenging start to life.
She had to be born via caesarean section and in her first days Honey was too small to keep herself warm, so Molly Northmore, 18, took her inside.
But Molly said Honey now never wants to leave the house.
She said: “Honey and I have a special bond. When she was born she was so small and we were worried she wouldn’t survive.
“The lights were on but nobody was home. For the first week we didn’t name her because we were worried she might die.
“But now she’s fine, and has become like a member of the family.”
When the pandemic hit, Molly was furloughed and spent a lot of time with her family on their farm near Ivybridge, Devon.
She spent a lot of time with Honey in particular, and the calf would follow Molly wherever she went, from the fields to the kitchen, to the living room and beside the fire.
Molly added: “I was furloughed last year and didn’t have much else to do, so I spent a lot of time with Honey.
“I have a strong bond with her, she likes spending time with me and my family.
“When it’s time to go back outside she can be a bit of a nightmare, she refuses to stand up and is just a bit difficult.
“But she has to go outside, because she’s a cow and cows like being outside.
“When she is inside she just lays around, if we’re in the kitchen she lays in the dog bed and if we’re watching the TV she lays in front of the fire.”
In the Northmore family home, Honey is often seen snuggling with Archie, a border collie pup, running with golden retrievers Ivy and Ada, or avoiding Treacle – the farm’s oldest dog.
Honey’s favourite pastime is watching the TV, and Molly said she is fascinated by horse racing, and adores Bradley Walsh in The Chase.
She added: “She loves watching the horse racing at the weekend, and on weekday evenings she likes watching The Chase. She actually follows the TV and watches it all.”
Molly, a council worker, lives with her 21-year-old brother, Jack, her mum, Carolyn, a vet worker, and her dad, Michael, a farmer.
Carolyn added: “Molly’s got an inherent love of the animal, Honey was born as a result of an illicit liaison between a Charolais bull and a Dexter heffer that went a little bit wrong.
“So she had to be born by C-section, and wasn’t very well when she was born. Molly took her under her wing and reared her.
“Molly didn’t give her a chance to die.”