Gertie (my cow) had her calf! yeah! I was kind of worried she wasn't going to have one this year, but I guess the HOT summer we had last year made the cows not go open, so her preggo cycle got out of whack.
*Sidebar (because I didn't know this either)--cows will not go "open" like heat for dogs/cats when its super hot or cold, because their little bodies are saying the environment is not the best for a little calf...pretty cool really :-)
So we have a few cows up at our place that are still going to calf this year, and the waiting/watching game continues for new critters.
We also have a herd of kittens from one of the Monsters (Lil Shit's babies) see blog: They Know My Voice; that I have affectionately called the Smokestacks, because I'm pretty sure the Daddy is Smoke.
So watching both Monster and Gertie, I am in awe of animal motherhood and its comparisons to mothers of human children. Here are creatures that do not have a choice whether they get pregnant or not. (If they don't get preggo we will AI (artificially inseminate) the cows so that they do...and well the cat, of course cats are going to have babies. They have no choice in the matter if it is the right time in their career, or how they will financially support the offspring, haven't read "What to Expect When You Are Expecting", etc. However, they do a fabulous job raising their offspring. Monster, with her first litter, has kept them safely tucked in haybales so no other creatures will think they are a snack. She is on alert to strange people coming into the barn, and herds them back into their cubby when they've strayed too far from the nest. Gertie, even though she knows me, gave me a firm Mrrr...get away from my calf crazy lady noise when I went to check on them. She nestles him down into a treeline or corner and grazes, but keeps an eye on her little guy, making sure nothing gets toooo close. Hmmm, are those mothering characteristics only limited to animals? And why as humans have some people lost those basic skills?