I just do not believe it!
Crispie's little one is hanging on. He has tried twice to get to Crispie's udder and he has been tentatively sucking at the bottle - although most of his feeds have had to be tubed. I managed to get him going to the toilet which I think he was very pleased about (he grumbles a lot). Things are not looking rosy but, then again, they are not looking dire. He sleeps most of the time but I would imagine that is not surprising.
Having sorted him out this morning I left the fields when Sam turned up to do a bit of paddock maintenance. I gave him strict instructions on feeding little suri and keeping an eye on everything. Having cleaned the house up, again, I returned only to look over the field gate and see a cria - not the little suri! Sam hadn't noticed but it had only just happened and the afterbirth was still to come. NO ONE IS DUE YET- WHAT ARE THEY UP TO?
It turned out to be Flem's - beautiful solid white little girl but premature! This one was born at 10 months 6 days and is down on it pasterns etc, etc, etc! Stronger than the other and weighs just over 7kg whilst the suri was just over 5kg. Flem is such a lovely girl when she gives birth and actually wants help so it was no problem holding it up whilst it latched on - in fact it can be accomplished without needing a second person to hold her (shame she isn't like that about having her feet done!).
I am now wondering if this is just a fluke or if there is some reason they are early. If this happens again I am going to be seriously worried. Sorry about the lack of pictures but I am chasing my tail at the moment and I am all hot and bothered - so hot I had to take my trousers off in the field this afternoon and Sam is highly embarrassed about it but I am sure I would have collapsed from the heat and stress if not!
A better penning solution! - After a long "family illness" and a subsequent reduction of our herd, I am back to report a more recent enhancement to Easter-Wood. One of the problems we ...
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