closer look at Greta in this photo and see if you can spot why this was a
very special calving!
Here's the answer!
Early in May, 13 year old pregnant
Greta broke her leg very badly. A rare occurrence and we do not know how
The vet who came out understandably
felt that she should be put down. When I insisted we try to save her and
the leg, a phone call to the senior vet confirmed... put her down!
I insisted we try to save her and the
leg, and failing the latter, to amputate.
After setting the break, itself a
major event for Greta, we discovered a few days later that infection had
spread, as the vet feared it would, into the bone.
Amputation meant anaesthetic and that
meant risking the loss of the calf. Better that, than the loss of Greta,
however, so amputation became Greta's next great trauma - that and
the endless sessions of bandaging, re-bandaging, rubbing in of creams,
injections etc, that followed ...
But she withstood it all nobly - the
stump healed quite quickly, she speedily adapted to getting around on her
three legs , and - not two months later - the final tribute...
...A fine baby girl! We have named her Bonnie.
Mother and babe are