NewsCovering Kern County


'Chug,' the viral Bakersfield calf has died

Posted at 8:51 AM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 20:23:56-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — 'Chug,' the Bakersfield calf going viral on social media, has died at a local animal hospital, according to his owner Jerry Garcia.

The 6-week-old bull calf, garnering millions of views on videos showing him chug milk, was found unresponsive early Monday morning.

The calf was rushed to a local animal hospital, where he died.

"You grow up trying not to get attached to these animals but when they have a personality like chug it's impossible," Garcia said.

Chug's passing comes five days after he was rushed to a veterinarian following an infection common in young bull calves.

Garcia told 23ABC News Monday that he is distraught and lost of words.

"When you sit there and you hold them while they take their last breath, its just it's really difficult," he said.

Garcia posted his first videos of 'Chug' in early November intending to show his friends how the calf chugs milk. Since, millions have viewed the video. A cause of death has not been determined as of yet.

"I'm glad to know that he made a lot of people happy in his short time here. I'm going to miss my friend tremendously," Garcia said.