About six weeks ago, a little heifer calf was born. She was mostly black...my favorite...with a white heart on her forehead.
She started out drinking milk from a bottle, not without some difficulty. She would start and stop...start and stop...milk dripping down her chin and all over my coveralls. We thought maybe she was feeling a little under the weather so we gave her electrolytes and watched her closely. When it was time to wean her to drink out of a bucket, she was also very stubborn. V E R Y S T U B B O R N ! !
None of those things are unusual.
Here she is...
It's not the greatest picture, but if you've ever tried to take a picture of a calf in a pen with another animal, you'd understand! See the eyeballs over her right (our left) ear? That crazy calf stands ready to attack anyone and anything that might give her some food. Gotta click the shutter when you've got a chance, with that one in the pen! :)
Anyway...what's different about this calf?
Not once...NOT ONCE...since she was born, have we ever heard her bawl! Not for her Mom...not for food...not just because she could. She's been completely silent for over six weeks now. She doesn't like milk, either. She munches on hay, drinks out of the water bowl and eats some grain. She doesn't appear to be sick, but we can't quite figure her out.
It's kind of like a dog that never barks or a cat that never meows. Have you ever heard of a silent calf?