Friday, December 24, 2010

Oh, Holy.......

......calf?

Meet Hayseus, our little Christmas surprise!





Imagine his surprise when the Rancher happened to spot one of the heifers lying in the snow, apparently in the midst of calving! He managed to sneak up on her and give her a little assistance, and she is now the proud mama of a handsome young calf. The first-time mom is quite protective of her calf, and will probably make a good mother, as long as she will stop licking him long enough to let him get a drink!
The Rancher gave him a little jump-start, and hopefully he will survive and thrive. It is cold here, and the poor little guy may lose the tips of his ears and tail, so send warm thoughts this way to help the weather smarten up, 'kay?
(Calving season isn't supposed to start around here until the middle of March. Someone must not have told this heifer.)
Merry Christmas!

19 comments:

Hilary said...

Oh that sweet little surprise. Sending warm, thoughts his way.

solarity said...

What a surprise! It looks like his coat froze before she could lick any of it dry, so no wonder she's making that a priority. What I can see of her face looks quite worried. I hope his ears and tail will be all right.

(And speaking of ears, how is your poor old cow with the dog-torn ear?)

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Leah J. Utas said...

What a happy Christmas surprise. Look for big things from this one.

David Cranmer said...

Wonderful pics for the holidays.

Merry Christmas to you and the Rancher.

Reb said...

What a sweet face, I hope nothing freezes on the poor little guy!

the Bag Lady said...

Hilary - thanks! It worked - it did warm up here... damn, you're good!

Mary Anne in Kentucky - still not sure about his ears and tail, but he is up and going! We put him and momma in the corral this morning, unfortunately neccessitating turning out the old girl who had her ear chewed. She is fine, though, but will now have to walk a little further for water.

Leah - how could he not be special? He's a tough little guy!

David - thanks, and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Reb - he may lose the tips of his ears or tail, but he seems in pretty good health otherwise!

messymimi said...

Oh, gracious! And i complain about mama cats not getting the memo that kitten season should be through.

I hope he survives and thrives.

the Bag Lady said...

messymimi - we took him and his momma to the barn this morning and he is snug as a baby in a manger! He should be fine now.
**Note to self - re-send memo to all cows regarding appropriate calving weather!**

Charlotte said...

"Hayseus" ROFL. You are hilarious. Poor little guy - hope he warms up ok!

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, Charlotte! He's snug and warm now in the barn with his momma.

bookwitch said...

Aahhh, it makes a hardened witch go all soft and gooey.

Pearl said...

Am in Minneapolis so am well-practiced in holding on to warm thoughts and am sending them NOW...

pEARL

Anonymous said...

What is that glop in the hay?

the Bag Lady said...

Bookwitch - I know! The calves have the same effect on me!

Pearl - thanks! We need all the warmth we can get. :)

Anonymous - err.... what glop? I don't see a glop... oh, that?? You don't wanna know. (mom, is that you?)
:)

kcinnova said...

Hayseus! :)

Janell said...

I love the play on the name. That's killer!

the Bag Lady said...

kcinnova - :)

Janell - thanks! Glad you liked it!

CherylK said...

What a darling little guy. You can just see by the expression on his mama's face that she's totally besotted by her son. Isn't that cool? Boy, I hope your weather improves...we don't want him losing the tip of anything. (So....where's the papa?)

QUEEN TRACEY...or Master Mrs. Struble...whichever you prefer! said...

I think I've just found my new favorite blogger! Hilarious!