You will not believe what I found in the trees yesterday. Or maybe you will …
A teensy weensy baby calf. And not newborn either. Aunty Anna has been hiding her from me.
She is dun colored though I only noticed this later in the day.
She is inquisitive and sweet.
After I found her I went back to the barn to prepare a space for Mother and Daughter (I think) but when I returned the calf was nowhere to be found. Aunty Anna looked at me quite clearly saying “Calf? What calf? “
Three more times I returned to the field to hunt for the calf who was so short she could literally stand underneath her mother and could have been standing in the long grass and still be hidden but there was no sign of her.
Even Manu was already used to the baby so I concluded that Aunty Anna had been hiding her for a couple of days already so this was not out of character.
Much later, at dusk actually, out of the corn emerged the little sprite. Very much like the baseball players in that movie Kevin Costner was in. one moment there was a corn field and then next this tiny elf of a calf standing watching her mother. Aunty Anna saw her immediately and they ran to each other peering across the electric wire.
It took them a while to find where she could duck under the electric fence and I followed them up to the barn where I locked them both in. It was under the lights in the barn that her colour became really apparent. She is quite a dark dexter brown but not chocolately more velvety- like a bleached ribbon. I will bring these two back to the home fields today. There is not as much feed over this side but I don’t want this calf to get used to sleeping in the corn fields all day with coyotes and deer wandering about in there. Hidden. And I surely do not want her to get used to ignoring an electric fence. This side is set up for calves.
So how about that?! I calf at last.
I don’t regret selling Carlos the Tiny on though. Life is so much easier without a bull.
I hope you have a lovely day.
WEATHER: Just lovely.
Saturday 09/16 10% / 0 in
Sunshine and some clouds. High 86F/30C. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night 09/16 20% / 0 in
Clear to partly cloudy. Low 66F/18C. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
6:34 am 6:59 pm
Waning Crescent, 12% visible 2:30 am 5:03 pm