Saturday, May 19, 2012

Baby's first steps

Back in March, while on a drive, I happened upon a brand-new baby calf with its mom. Having just been delivered, and barely cleaned up, I took these quick shots from across the ditch as I didn't want to make mama too nervous.

Yes, that's afterbirth.

I continued up the road a bit, snapped a few barn/scenery pics, turned around and came back, just in time to witness the little one's first steps.



Pretty weak and wobbly.

Stumbling a bit.

But good to go!
I spared you the scenes of the mama cow eating the afterbirth. Hey, she needs her vitamins! :)

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143 comments:

Jeevan said...

The calf is cute. Hope both of them gathered strength.

Breathtaking said...

Ah so sweet!!Lovely shots of this adorable newly born calf.Good timing to get it's first steps.

Crissi said...

Oh so lovely shots!
Nice weekend!
Crissi

eileeninmd said...

Oh wow, what a cute sighting. You are lucky to be there to catch its first steps. Just adorable! Have a great weekend, Theresa!

MarmePurl said...

I happened across a similar seen (less camera) this sring myself. It was facinating.

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Wow - what a photo op! I don't blame you for staying on the other side of the fence. Mama Cow didn't look too friendly at that moment!

Snapper II said...

I've never had the good fortune of witnessing this event. I've seen a lot of very young cows, but never the first steps.
Great post.

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

That baby had a very determined look on its babyface! Or maybe he was just trying to figure it all out. Cool pictures Tex! Lucky you!

Jill said...

This is the sweetest post ever. What an adorable calf. Lucky for us you have such great timing.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What a cute collection of shots, I wonder what the calf looks like two months on.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

It does not get much better than watching new life take it's first steps, or flight. These are very special, and I am glad your got to see, so that we could as well. Happy weekend Theresa~

Linda said...

Loved those shots, and thanks for sparing us...it is great to watch the miracle though!

Karen said...

ooh, how precious!.... and thanks for not sharing that.

Birdman said...

Ya, I can go without that this AM. I'll go for a bagel.

Gone Country said...

So sweet! What a special treat to witness.

Sandra said...

looks like mama missed the umbilical cord, but I am sure she got it later. i love the one where the baby is looking into the camera. a kissable face if ever i saw one. LOVE IT

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

He may be a little wobbly on those legs,but he sure is cute.

Comment1 said...

Awww!

Charade said...

The miracle of life - and your timing was just perfect.

edenhills said...

They are so cute. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly those babies can get up and that they know how to nurse. Truly a miracle.

S. J. Q. said...

I love watching the new calves. They are really like a big miracle!

Eyeliquor said...

Cool :)
Have a great weekend!

R.Ramakrishnan said...

A just born baby calf stumbling to get up and walk within minutes of birth is one of the miracles of Gods creations. Lovely images !

Fireblossom said...

I love animal mamas and their babies. So cool that you happened upon this scene and took pix to share with your readers! But, um...I'm glad you spared us the light snack. Ergh.

BlueShell said...

Oh, he was just born...
Lovely , Theresa. Kiss
bshell

DJan said...

Hey, where am I? What are these things under me? I can walk on them, cool! :-)

Love the pictures, so sweet.

Bob Bushell said...

Wow, the mum and the baby, just born. And, why didn't you show us eating the placenta, it is natural thing.

Kathy said...

Great shots!

Filip and Kristel said...

Amazing how quick the progress is, wlaking on the first day of your life.

Greetings,
Filip

Jan n Jer said...

Just amazing to witness a new life! Great shots!

Lynne said...

Isn't there a song . . . which seems to be running through my brain . . . like ". . . some kind of miracle . . ." Even so, if not a song, to happen on this birth, catch some pictures, quite wonderful and a bit of miracle indeed!

Betty Roan said...

Another "lucky you" coming your way. An amazing event.

Catherine said...

Mwaaaa.... love baby cows! Cute cute!
xo Catherine

Em Illustrator said...

This is so cute :-)

Mamabug said...

Nothing is more precious than a new life. Those first stumbling steps were well captured!

Donna said...

Oh my gosh, that is so precious!

Changes in the wind said...

Wow what a great opportunity to watch and capture.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I never cease to be amazed at the birth process... and especially how calves and foals can almost immediately get up on those wobbly little legs and begin to nurse... it is a miracle. every. single. time. blessings ~ tanna

Ms. Becky said...

that's life! I like the look on momma's face. you were there at precisely the perfect time. great shots. happy day to you TWG.

wayside wanderer said...

How cute is that? And your timing was great you Roving Ranch Reporter! :D

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Our neighbor has Black Angus and I love watching the babies play, but I've never seen one quite this new.

islandwonder said...

Adorable! The calf seems to be saying what happened? Where am I?

Maple Lane said...

Such a cute little calf! Wobbly legs and all!

Magia da Inês said...

°♪¸.♫♫♪
Olá, amiga!

Essa é uma das postagens mais fofas que você já fez no seu blog!

Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
Brasil
❤♪¸.•°`♡

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots. Very cute baby.

Val said...

Now that is a RANCH report!! Thanks :) Have a great day.

rainfield61 said...

Perfect art piece.

bailey-road.com said...

What a cute little one! Perfect timing on your part!

Lois Evensen said...

What a wonderful series! So sweet. And, I'll spare you the history of placenta stew.... Yuck....

Peggy said...

I just love baby calves. When the girls were babies we had a dairy farm and being able to watch the births of calves never got boring. Hope you are having a awesome weekend.

Kay's flowers said...

Nothing more sweet the a baby!

Dianne said...

she's a sweetie :)

Red said...

Mama black Angus cows are some of the most protective of babies so you don't want to climb inside a fence with her.
Good sequence of the little guy getting his legs under him.

Tiago Braga said...

WOW amazing, you should feel blessed for wacthing this moment, thanks for sharing =)

wifetoalineman02 said...

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Farm Girl said...

I always enjoy watching calves take the first steps. That is a nice calf.

Angela Häring-Christen said...

That's the live! So cute, the calf and the mama cow..
Thank you for this pictures.
Have a nice weekend.

Ian said...

Great sequence, and thank you for small mercies!

georgettesullins said...

What an adorable series!

Sylvia K said...

What a sweetheart!! I do love those little baby calves. Great shots and I, too, thank you for sparing us the clean-up! It's time for breakfast!!

ladyfi said...

Oh wow - so sweet and just breathtaking. What a privilege to see this.

Steve Gravano said...

Wow, that's so amazing. You don't see that around these parts too often!

Jane said...

I have never seen a cow's birth in real life, only on TV. What a super catch for you. I did know that was afterbirth. The first steps, the mom, the baby. Sort of like whenI saw my children take their first steps. Only it is not minutes after thank goodness!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

And yet again I am happy humans no longer eat afterbirth. Although I do follow a blog of someone who stole her placenta from the hospital, put it in her freezer for the winter, and this spring planted it in her garden.

Anyhow. Love the first step pics!!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

What a wonderful scene to come upon! I'm glad you didn't cut the afterbirth out entirely...most people never get to see a little one so new! Thanks for sharing this with us! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Maura :)

RoeH said...

So cute! It's amazing how the will go get up and walk/run is so immediate in the 'herd' world. Everything in nature is put together so well. For the most part.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Aww....that is so sweet!

Candy C. said...

It always feels like such a miracle to witness the birth and watch those first wobbly steps! Thanks for sharing! Oh, and thanks for NOT sharing the eating of the afterbirth! LOL!!

bon bon said...

this is so precious, i'm a little choked up! you've taken me right back to growing up next to my grandparent's dairy farm. <3

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Aw, so sweet. You're lucky to have been there!

Lasse said...

Sweet and touching as its best!

Icy BC said...

Wow..those are great capture, and how lucky you're to see such first steps.

Patty Woodland said...

Ain't nothing more disgusting...the goats eat'em too. They crunch. Who knew. Ick.

The calf is adorable.

Robin said...

T, wonderful! Aren't they just so cute when they are little like that!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

These are so sweet. Glad you were able to get some good pics. I watched a calf being born on my grandparents' farm many years ago. It was so amazing and I'll never forget it.

Bengts fotoblogg said...

Very sweet baby calf, lovely shots.

Have a nice weekend.

Andrew said...

It's a fantastic moment to watch..

Martha Z said...

So cute. Around here it is lambing season for the sheep that are clearing brush from the open area.
I suppose I should take my camera and get some pictures.

Abhinav said...

Cute little calf :) Very nice pictures. Hope that the mom and baby are fine :)

Carletta said...

They are so cute when they are first born!
What a wonderful moment you got to see.

SweetMarie said...

Awww! I LOVE this post! This is so wonderful! I've never even been close to seeing this. So glad you captured new life moments! Thanks for sharing!

Lindsjö taxar said...

How qute! Magical to see how they start a new life so quick. Take some time for us to learn us walk...

Sall's Country Life said...

Yuck! I was never cut out for this scene, I don't even like listening to birth stories! Build me a barn, there's no slimy afterbuild there:)

It's me said...

Owwwww so so so sweet !!...love from me ...xxx..

CameraCruise said...

Wonderful series.
The little calf is so cute.
Thanks for sharing these lovely shots.
Mette

Bev said...

Great shots... they are so cute when they start walking!!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

What a little sweetheart- sweet moment. :)

euthymic said...

What a beautiful story these photos tell.

Deb said...

Awww the joy of a new life.... Great photos

Marie said...

Please forgive me, but I am having issues with my computer, or with blogger....most of your pictures on the blogs before this one did not upload and I can't see them. This problem has been going on for days and I was happy to see that I could at least see this post of yours! It's wonderful! What a perfect moment to happen by! The little calf is so precious!

Pam said...

How sweet the new born calf and his Mama look. Its not often you can be in the right place are the right time.

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sharon said...

Isn't life amazing! beautiful little calf, loving momma.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

Fantastic..do you allways carry your camera wih you ?

peter

Ellie said...

Cool shots - how sweet and what a wonderful thing to witness.
I remember when I was about 16 and sitting in a bus travelling to work we were stopped beside a field and I saw a calf being born - amazing.

Poppy said...

How lucky you are to have been there at the right time :) New life is always amazing isn't it? Driving to work there is a herd of beautiful brown cows, with about 6 calves, so lovely to see :) Have a great weekend :)

Paula said...

I'm not fond of the afterbirth scene and I'm sure not into when they have to "pull a calf".

Rohrerbot said...

Beautiful. What a lucky catch! The "little" guy looks like he's going to do great:) Enjoy the rest of your Saturday. I'm locked up in my A/C house watching birds and reading and writing:) Very hot outside:)

Tracy said...

Tex, That is remarkable! What a wonderful sight you happened upon! Thanks for sharing....

Pat Tillett said...

Ha! You spared us the photos of it, but you described it anyway!

Great photos! Now that's real life.

Barb said...

Awesome "baby" shots!

Susan said...

Wow, how often do you come up on something like that! Thanks for sparing us on the afterbirth! Ewww!

Michaele said...

Great timing on that drive : )

Denise said...

Oh wow, beautiful captures of a new life beginning. Such a sweet little calf.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi TexWisGirl, Precious! The little ones get frisky quite quickly and zoom all over the place. They have a lot of energy in just a few weeks. Have a really nice Sunday tomorrow!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,

You captured this little wonder of life perfectly! Stumbling but they DO manage to walk right away. We humans are the most clumsy at birth I guess. Enjoy your Sunday and Saturday evening.
Love,
Mariette

quies said...

Nice shots here of the calf and his first steps.
Thanks for sharing.

Nice weekend!

Montanagirl said...

Nothing like a new calf! Cute photos.

Mama Zen said...

There is nothing, nothing, nothing cuter than a newborn Angus. I just love these shots!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

That really is sweet, and a little reminder about the circle of life and how it continues!

Angela said...

That is so cool! I've never seen a baby calf born before.

Chatty Crone said...

That was interesting. Funny they walk the first day they are born - and we take a year. Yeah - thanks for sparing us from eating her placenta! Lol sandie

EG CameraGirl said...

Amazing photos of the new baby!

Debbie said...

talk about "this magic moment"!!

Barb said...

Fascinating!

Randy said...

What a cutie.

Linda said...

Seeing anything being born (or, in this case, newly born) is an amazing experience. I'm glad you were able to record this incident.

pattisjarrett said...

Thanks for saving us that sight. :) Love those baby legs! So glad you captured these great shots to share with us.

Rita said...

OH, how precious!! Birth is a miracle. :)

chubskulit said...

It's very neat to watch them give birth. I grew up in a farm and I witnessed carabaos giving birth, it is similar to cow.

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Chip Allen said...

I hope that image doesn't come to what's left of my mind when I take my morning vitamins!

Margaret said...

When we lived in Indiana, I saw a cow give birth .. The two front legs sticking out first... My two oldest were little kids and they werent so mesmerized with the afterbirth. Yup, vitamins, indeed! He looks like quite a good size.

Gillian Olson said...

You have keen eyes, thanks for these wonderful captures.

Madge Bloom said...

A precious moment in time... Sorry I been so quiet these last couple weeks, I’ve been really ill (now finally diagnosed with Whooping Cough even though I was immunized) and have had another very rough week.

Sue said...

The miracles we see on our travels. I used to watch the foals being born when my brother used to breed thoroughbreds. They always made me smile as they would get up on those long legs. So wobbly and so cute. Sue

Jo's World said...

Beautiful little calf! Did you catch him having his first meal?

Cheers,
Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Daniel LaFrance said...

What can I say that hasn't already been said...

I'm so pleased that your blog is WORD VERIFICATION free.

Pretty clean newborn!

Charlotte said...

Now that was perfect timing.

Betty Manousos said...

oh my, that is really sweet!
thanks for sharing these adorable moments!

Brita said...

A new born calf gets up on its wobbly legs. Fine series / brita

subbu said...

Its just down to earth! You are very luck to capture this first step moment.

heyBJK said...

You were in the right place at the right time! How cool! It reminds me of being on the farm when a foal was born. The little fella got up pretty quickly!

Bernadine said...

We stopped one day along a country road to witness this same thing with my then, 17 yr. old daughter in the car. We clapped, she almost puked! :-) It was truly an amazing sight to witness. (The birth, not the puking) :-)

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Wonderful witness

Arija said...

Nice one, we've got quite a few new calves on the paddock.

Liz said...

WOW!! Beautiful moment captured.

Hilary said...

Awww sweet little thing. You did a fine job of recording its first moments.

Pia said...

Thats a wonderful post, thanks for sharing this moments! And thanks for not showing the photos from the afterbirth eating :-)

Ginger said...

So cute...and yes, you don't want to upset that mama!

Genie said...

That poor baby really does look wobbly and not to sure of what to do next. It was so nice your showing her up and on the move. Genie

Margie said...

Isn't nature amazing! What a "teat" to witness this! Awwww

Sandy said...

Awwwww....I just love cattle. There is something about their faces that is so sweet me to me.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Ah, that is cool. I've not ever witnessed the birth of a large animal, only cats.

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