So I got home this morning from work, dead tired. I was doing the animal chores, and I noticed that Sydney did not come for the morning grain.
Is she sick? I move closer.
Do I see something?
Yes, there is a small calf next to her.
But the calf was shivering and could not stand. I got some towels to dry her off and gave some grain to Sydney to briefly distract her (maybe a mistake). Then the other cows became interested and started to try to sniff and lick the calf. I propped the calf up but then Sydney decided to horn her. So I moved the calf to a pen in the barn. Sydney did not follow. I put the calf on a heating pad. Then after a while I was able to get Sydney in there, but she was suspicious. I propped the calf back up again, and it could stand briefly.
The calf was standing longer and kept trying to find a teat but Sydney kept moving.
And finally after more than 2 hours, success!
Next we will need to come up with a name.
PS. I have decided to call her Sonja. It is the name of the wife from A Man Called Ove, the book I am reading now.
yay! so glad Sydney finally let her nurse.
Me too! It had me worried for a while.
Pretty cute! I hope Sydney will be a good mother now.
I hope so too!
Oh goodness, I was getting worried by the direction of the story; glad it ended well!
I was too but so far, so good.
I, too, was concerned that she wasn’t going to accept her calf! What a relief!! I’m sure it was for you too, Donna! Sonja is a good name. Looks like she’ll be a cutie!
The last thing we need now is a bottle baby. Sydney is doing a great job now. She was just a little confused for a bit.
Beautiful calf. I just finished that book and really enjoyed it!
Well, don’t tell me how it ends!