The first clue ….. one cow stayed back from the others who all moved off when they spotted the farmer in the next field putting out their feed. But why? This herd usually stayed together but not this time.
I was watching this scene from my cottage in the Cotswolds – the one I describe in my book COTSWOLDS MEMOIR: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage. My land overlooks a meadow and I really enjoy watching the cows ripping at the grass and munching away. Somehow this is a very calming sight.
At first I thought this lone cow might be ailing in some way. Then I looked through my binoculars and realized that this lovely animal was giving birth.
Soon a gangly-legged calf appeared and Mama Cow licked her and fussed over her while my husband and I rushed to get a camera. When we returned this calf, born moments earlier, was learning to sit down for the very first time.
As you’ll see in the video, she hasn’t yet mastered her gangly legs, but with absolutely no help from her mum she achieves her goal and acknowledges her accomplishment with a nod of the head.