Later that very same day (as when Sally gave birth) I went to feed the Geese and was happily surprised by three little yellow heads peering very wondrously from under their mothers’ wing! Of course I knew that one of our Geese had laid four eggs and I presumed that the time for hatching had passed five days ago and that the eggs were infertile….so it was really exciting that these little Goslings had hatched!...better was yet to come as the next day the last egg also hatched so we have four new baby geese! They are currently safely tucked away with their mother in a comfortable, warm room in the bird barn and are on a special high protein diet. Talk about cute!
We thought that Sally, Dangs’ mother, was just putting on healthy weight as with the rest of our small herd…but it wasn’t until I was awoken at 2.00 am the night before last by loud bellowing and rushed to the cow shed on the bike that I realized that Sally was, in fact, in labour!
So I called Liam (who takes care of the cows, buffaloes and horses for us) and he rushed to the farm from the village and between us we safely delivered a very healthy baby heifer. He’s a boy and so he will be able to stay with us for a year, or a little more, and then we can find him a good home for breeding.
We never realised that Sally was pregnant which must have happened when she strolled off to the village that day and got infatuated by one of Liams' own cows!
Nouy, one of the girl buffaloes, is particularly protective of the new calf and we think it’s probably her maternal instinct!
P.s. The snaps were taken in the late afternoon of that morning!