So, I'm making coffee and thinking that Jazzy is scratching on the trees because I can see her moving up and back from the creek amongst the fallen tree trunks. Apparently what I was watching was her trying to figure out how the get her calf out of the water at the edge of the creek. Commenting to Chris that she was acting unusual, I picked up the binoculars just as Chris said "she has a calf!"
It was a bitterly cold morning with strong winds..... Baby is submerged up to her shoulders in the water and barely moving. Jazz was amazing - she didn't attack as we lifted baby from the water, put her in the ATV and headed for the house. We tried drying her out with the hairdryer, fluffing her with towels and blankets and still couldn't get her to stop shivering. We couldn't get her dry either.
The big ranch next door didn't have the calf warmer locally (we'd borrowed it once before), so we figured a hot bath was the only other way to get her warm - not dry - just warm. In we go -- complete with audience!
Chris headed to town to buy a calf warmer while little miss and I turned into very warm prunes. We were able to get a warm bottle of colostrum into her and by the time Chris got back, she'd quit shivering and seemed to gain more strength.
The meeting was successful. Momma Jasmine licked her and recognized her, but wouldn't let her eat. She moved away every time little miss tried. We left them to bond, but the wind and cold got the best of our new little girl again. By the time we went back out to get her, her mouth was cold, she was shivering again and mom had lost interest in her. Back to the warmer and another warm bottle. We decided to keep her in overnight and feed her a few more times in anticipation of a better day in the morning.
Meet High Pines Acqua Di - the daugher of Jasmine and Glenn Land Mr. Toney. She's polled, red and sassy! And darn lucky to be here today.