LIFE lessons come early on the farm and today was a particularly enlightening one for our three-year-old farm girl Hattie.
As we were heading into town I noticed a cow was labouring close to the fence.
I stopped to watch because it’s a special thing to do and also because the calf was half way out and if she didn’t progress we would need to step in to help.
After just a couple of minutes, the cow stood up, and with gravity doing its job, the calf fell to the ground with a heart starting thud.
Before the calf had even hit the ground the new mum had flung herself around to start licking and nurturing her new little love.
The natural instinct to remove all the after birth from its face, to get it clean and dry is a wonder to behold.
Hattie was quite enthralled and was happy to tell anyone who would listen that “A baby moo fell out of the cow’s butt - and then she licked and licked it”.
I’m sure the kinder teachers are going to be impressed with this story tomorrow!
We debriefed this afternoon and I asked Hattie where she thought she came from. She thought she was being funny and looked at me and giggled - “out of mummy’s butt”. I was quick to respond that she was right but that I didn’t lick her. Cue more giggles.
When I drove past later the cow was chewing on her placenta - but that’s a whole other blog.
UPDATE: Hattie’s first calf “baby moo” is no longer requiring bottle feeding. The next day, a calf sadly died while it was being born. We were lucky enough to get the mother to take “baby moo” as her own. The adoption arrangement is working beautifully.
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