Wednesday, July 11, 2012

RIP Bob

Poor ol' Bob didn't make it.  She went back to water overnight and drowned.  Since my swamp killed his mama - I had one choice.  As soon as I found her, I went to get her 2 week old calf where I knew she had parked it.  Took a half hour to get him to take to the bottle, then he followed me home.  Penned him up, gave him two more feedings, then spent an hour in the pen with him to bond.  78,93,70,0,B,0

29 comments:

ratgirls said...

Bob must have known her calf would be safe with you. You are a very kind person JW. A big "thank you" for taking care of them all.

JohnnyM said...

What a shame! Thank goodness you saved the calf. Life in the world of Long horns and TX critters is always rough

Nat said...

I was watching the video feed this afternoon, with Boblet wandering around his pen, asking myself whether this was Field Lab: Project Veal.

It turns out to be Longhorn Rescue. I predict that John will have, in a few years, a most terrifying yet tame Guard Bull roaming the grounds.

Good work, hombre.

Nat

Ron/Debbie said...

Raising a calf from 2 weeks will be no easy task. Thanks for taking care of him. Sorry for Bob.

Allison said...

Well good on you Mr. Wells.

Zole said...

Great work John! Good things come to good people.

createaway said...

I've been shamelessly following your blog every day for a year now. But you're now, officially, my hero!

leilani said...

Promise us that this one gets a GPS transmitter, okay, Dr. Doolitle of the Desert?

And I guess it's probably time to change the signs out front, whip up a new silkscreen for the tee shirts and register the new name with blogspot too, doncha think?

Because it's absolutely 100%, positively, officially The Field Zoo now and there's no going back. ;-)

Colin de los Santos said...

I think "Cow1.jpg" is one of the most powerful photos I've seen. In your situation, right and wrong aren't complicated things to figure out. What you did was the ONLY thing to do. I tip my glass and hat to you.

Pablo said...

what do other animals do while rain pouring ? (Floppy, -his donkey friends if still arround there-, Carl) ? this calf adoption looks going to be very interesting as it will be growing up through first/second year...Benita heritage being highly honored, FL will be very bussy . Admire impressive power of Nature, wildlness and desert, there at the GREATER BigBend Areas . Driving by tomorrow from Alpine to Madera Canyon to visit my mother s Ashes and reconnect my soul with Nature and life energy for the coming School year that might be the last one before I retire. Yur FL recent events and life do have a powerful impression in my thoughts today. Thanks for sharing them.

Unknown said...

To bad about Bob. We all lose friends and it doesn't seem to matter whether they are human or animal, the loss is still great. My condolences.

CDJ

Unknown said...

We all lose friends and it doesn't seem to matter whether they are human or animal, the loss is still great. My condolences.

CDJ

Tom Blood said...

I can just add this right on to the plan I was talking about 2 days ago in the post about Bob. We can add to it God set your friend up to come visit you to then come across this cow. We can back up beyond this and go to the birth of the calf , I say God knew and planned it all out. For taking Benita God has given you another. And now we see the whole plan come together. Isn't this I mean just amazing, wonderful, It is absolutely the best experience seeing plans fall into place. Praise God. Awesome stuff . Congrats

linda said...

Bob and you are lucky to have each other. Glad you knew where he was. So sorry about his mother.

gary green said...

hey now bob,city boy here said,cut the nut's off.

JP said...

A lot of work and dedication ahead but if anyone can do it it is Momma John.

Ben Smithson said...

Good luck with the new baby boy. Sorry to hear about Bob.

Hoodoo2222 said...
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Hoodoo2222 said...

I guess Ol' Bob was too weak after all.

MsBelinda said...

I am so sorry that Bob did not make it after the rescue and all.

You did a good thing to go find her young one and to be taking care of him. It takes a very kind and sensitive person to do that.

janebee said...

So, since his mom was named "Bob", will the little bull's name be "Alice" or what? He's lucky to have a new mom in the person of you. Yet another thing you're good at is coming up with new critter names....

Carlos said...

RIP Bob! You'd better geld the calf before it gets much bigger. Longhorn bulls are even worse natured than their mothers once they figure out they are bulls.

Nita said...

Keep baby close & take good care. Mona will be missed.

Phil said...

I say saddle break em when he gets of age.

Guy Hodges said...

Welcome to the cattle business John.

pw said...

Look at those eyelashes! Beautiful face!
Good job, John.

Un Paisano said...

Incredible John!

What a beauty!

S.A.B.L.E. said...

Bottle babies are alot of work but it's very rewarding. Enjoy!

Allen Hare said...

So sad about mama Bob. Good luck with the little feller.