He may look like a baby cow, but little Goliath seems convinced he is actually a dog.
The calf was rescued nearly two months ago from a dairy farm that was planning to slaughter him, according to 17-year-old high school student Shaylee Hubbs.
Goliath now lives with Hubbs and her family on their ranch in Danville, California where he swiftly made himself at home, becoming fast friends with the family’s three pet dogs.
“I’m pretty sure he thinks he’s a dog,” Hubbs told ABC News. “He was raised with our three dogs, and he’s around them every day.
“They chase and play together, he watches how they eat their dog food and drink water from their bowls and copies them and he even lays in their dog beds. He even loves scratches on his neck and around his ear.”
This snapshot of Goliath on the family sofa has gone viral/Shaylee Hubbs Twitter
Goliath has recently taken to copying his doggy best pal, Great Dane Leonidas, at successfully working out how to sneak into the house and lounge on the family sofa.
“He’s best friends with Leo, and so he used to watch Leo push down the door handle and come and sit on the couch,” Hubbs said. “And of course, he now knows how to come in, too. He just pushes down on the knob with his head and lets himself in and onto our couch.”
Leo, two, became something of a surrogate parent to Goliath when he first came to live in the family home, with Goliath even trying to “nurse” with Leo, thinking he was his mother, Hubbs said.
“He would lick the little cow on the face and try to nudge him to stand up,” she recalled. “He would lay down with the sick, little cow for hours just to keep him company.”
Indeed, Goliath was so “so weak and so small that he couldn’t stand and you could pick him up very easily” when he first came to live on the ranch.
A picture of Goliath and his canine friends at the ranch/Goliath Hubbs/Twitter
Nowadays, he’s a healthy eight-week old calf with his own Twitter fan base.
A picture of Goliath on the couch tweeted by Hubbs has already been retweeted more than 33,000 times and liked 56,000 times as of Saturday afternoon.
Goliath has since been given his own Twitter account with pictures of the cow playing with his canine pals and chilling out under a pink fluffy blanket.
“Goliath is a beloved pet and family member”, said Shaylee, revealing that the cow is now a permanent member of the ranch which includes several horses, sheep, goats, alpacas, chickens and dogs.