TROY — Tractor Supply Co. hosted a special meet-and-greet on Saturday with Annie the Highway Cow, who, along with several of Annie’s bovine buddies, appeared to interact with guests of all ages.
Annie received international attention when a video of her riding in the back seat of her owner’s truck went viral, spawning millions of views around the globe. Cory Morris, proprietor of Griffin’s Willow Farms in Ludlow Falls, took in Annie and her twin sister, Jo, when they were rejected by their mother at birth, and managed to nurse them back to health.
Now at nearly two years old, Annie is kept busy with appearances after gaining her Internet notoriety.
“This is the Tractor Supply that has fed Annie since she came to us at a day old,” Morris said. “All of the supplies we needed to raise here and save her, this is where we bought everything from. When she started to become a little famous, one of the managers said, ‘You should bring her up for the day.’ We were happy to schedule an appearance.”
Appearing with Annie were four of her barnyard siblings, Chucky, 7 weeks, Bruno, 3 weeks, and Fred and Gus, who were only 5 days old. The Morris family recently came into possession of the two youngest calves thanks to Annie’s popularity on social media.
“One of Annie’s fans from Lancaster, Penn. contacted me and asked if I knew anyone who could take them,” Morris said. “I had no contacts in that part of Pennsylvania. We drove over, picked the babies up, and drove back with them.
Morris and his family are interested in continuing local meet-and-greets with Annie, saying “as long as she’ll fit in the truck, we’ll definitely take her out whenever we can so people get to meet her.”
Annie’s owners have begun a merchandise and apparel line, which includes tees, sweaters, coffee mugs, Christmas ornaments, pillows, and more. A children’s book and 2019 “cow-lendar” featuring Annie will both be released around Thanksgiving.
Morris admits time is limited for the affable Holstein, who will eventually grow to 1600-1800 lbs. and will no longer fit in the truck.
“We’d like to find a way to keep her able to travel and meet all her fans,” Morris said. “She will have a baby sometime next summer, and Annie Version II will come along. I’m completely amazed by this entire experience. The fact that Annie should not have survived and had tons of medical issues as a baby, and is now loved by tens of thousands of people around the world is unbelievable to us. We’re happy to share her, because we love her, and it’s fun to see other people love her, too.”
To learn more, visit The Critters of Griffin’s Willow Farms on Facebook and Instagram.