Are You My Mother?
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line
Then he sees an old car, which cannot be his mother for sure. In desperation, the hatchling calls out to a boat and a plane, and at last, convinced he has found his mother, he climbs onto the teeth of an enormous power shovel. But as it shudders and grinds into motion he cannot escape. "I want my mother!" he shouts.
But at this climactic moment, his fate is suddenly reversed. The shovel drops him back in his nest, just as his mother is returning home, and the two are reunited, much to their delight. He then tells her about the adventure he had looking for her.
Unfortunately, we have a homegrown version of the Are You My Mother? tale going on in the corral.
On a prolific and very cold night, we had three heifers in labor. Two calved successfully. But despite Randy's efforts, the other baby didn't survive. It was twisted inside the mom and no amount of manipulation could dislodge the baby in time.
The next morning, the mama was still looking for her baby. So when Randy let the two pairs out of the barn, this lonely mama thought one of the babies was hers.
And I could understand it. It even looked like her.
It was heartbreaking for this human mom to watch. The instincts are there, deep inside her, just like they are for mothers everywhere. If we would happen to have twins right now, this heifer would be an ideal candidate to "adopt" one of the babies.
Randy and I watched the dance between the two mamas for awhile. With all the nudging going on between the two heifers, I worried the baby not get fed.
But Randy has another theory. That calf might just become the best fed calf in the corral.
I like Randy's theory better.
And what mother wouldn't love that cute little face?
I love happy endings.
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