Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cows, the prequel

I was in Auckland today for a meeting with Very Important People from publishing. On the way home, alerted by HomePaddock to the start of the season’s lambing and calving, I was looking out for the new-borns. And somewhere between Taupiri and Gordonton I passed a paddock with a calf that must have been born just minutes before. It was tiny, hunched on the ground, glistening wet and still with placenta-type stuff around it. The mother was standing close by, watching her. (And yes, she was a Friesian.)

I have never seen anything like it. If I could have stopped to observe a while and take a photo, I would have. But I was on a mission – I had to be at the daughter’s netball practice by 4 p.m. So, sorry, no cow photo this time.

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