Eunice Has Her Calf
About 7am this morning, Eunice lay down and had her first calf. She got to her feet, turned around and sniffed the strange new wet arrival. She began to lick it all over to clean it up and encourage it to get up, all the while making low mooing sounds. Soon, Mr. Farmer showed up. He picked up her little calf and carried it into the barn out of the wind. Eunice followed Mr. Farmer and watched closely as he set her baby down in some clean straw, gave it some powderd colustrum mixed in warm water, and some medication to prevent calf scours (bad diarrhea). Then Mr. Farmer left Eunice and her baby alone to get to know each other.
Later in the morning, Mrs. Farmer showed up to see the new arrival.
Eunice is enamored of her calf.
She talks to it in low reasurring moos as if to say, “It’s ok honey, Mama’s here”.
Mrs. Farmer asked Eunice about her earlier intention of “ running away to see the bright lights of the big city ” after her calf was born.
“What bright lights of the big city?!” she exclaimed.
“I’ll never leave my baby!!!”
It is supposed to rain here tomorrow, so Eunice and her calf will stay in the barn until the weather improves. Monday it’s supposed to be sunny, so we’ll let them out into the pasture then.
That’s one down, and nine more heifers to go.
Love Eunice’s soft mooing to her baby.
I never get tired of seeing this…the miracle of birth and how those mamas just know what to do.
Gets me every time too. How do they know that they need to clean their baby off, get it to nurse, and guard and take care of it, when they’ve never done it before?
Momma cows know to do it just like momma human beings do. 🙂 Congratulations, Eunice, you have a beautiful baby.
Awww, this one I love, 🙂
Now that’s one cute little calf!! All wobbly and new.
How sweet is that – look at those little trembling legs. (Haven’t listened to it yet: hubby’s still asleep. But I’ll view it again later!)
What a cutie little bebe. Makes you want to talk baby talk to it.
I was surprized to see it try to get friskie so soon. Mama is a good girl.
“My” calf is beautiful!! Eunice, like other new moms know what to do and the bright lights of the city pale along side that baby. Congratulations, Eunice
Oh I love cows! What a sweet post. Eunice and baby are precious!