Luckily she gave birth without a major issue, but there were several problems thereafter:
- We realized it was premature.
- The cow's udder hadn't dropped, so the calf couldn't get any nourishment.
- By that point, it was too weak to even lift it's head.
- He inherited his mother's bad hair.
Poor thing. Not only is he weak, but his hair sticks out in every direction.
After a day of tube-feeding, he was able to stand with some assistance and is learning to suck. Mostly, he chews on the bottle and gets milk that way.
So, tube-feeding is much faster and he's able to get the nourishment he needs.
After 3 days of this, he's able to stand up on his own and take a few steps. He's still very weak and when he can't stand any longer he falls into a pitiful pile on the ground.
We're having to treat him with antibiotics too, because he's got a slight infection.
But, isn't he just so cute?
Lorie thinks we may have to name him and keep him as a pet.
Oh, and one last thing. Did you know calves are born with teeth? A full set. It's very strange, actually.