Pop Tart meets Calfie

Discussion in 'Animals and Wildlife' started by Brian Moore, Jul 28, 2016.

  1. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Pop Tart (left) and Calfie meet for the first time. Applecross, Scotland.

    Calfie was born in March. He was found abandoned and near death. My brother-in-law Mark, who found him, estimates he was about 5 days old when he found him. His mother is a cow belonging to Mark's small herd. But the herd wanders the hills and so Calfie's discovery was pure luck. Mark brought him home and bottle-fed him and he has responded very well indeed.

    For the first 3 months of his life Calfie was brought up with humans and a dog. First he lived in the house. Then, when he got too big, he was moved out to the glebe adjacent to the house.

    The challenge now is to reintegrate him with his own kind. The first step in this process was to find him a companion of his own species from whom he could learn bovine behavior. Enter Pop Tart, an older calf.

    This picture shows Pop Tart and Calfie meeting for the first time in a pasture that we had moved them both to.

    My next post will be a portrait of Pop Tart with an explanation of how she got her name.

    Olympus XA3 and Retrochrome 320 slide film cross-processed in C41 chemicals.

  2. Julian de'Courcy

    Julian de'Courcy Well-Known Member

    Such a beautiful place Brian and liked the story. I can identify a lot with Calfie, we all aught to have abuddy. Pop tart looks sympathetic to this cause and trust all will work out well.
    Just imagining the scenario when Mark came up with names for his herd.
    Need I say a superb image.
  3. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Great story and a lovely picture to accompany it. I like the rendering.
  4. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Thank you, Julian.

    Thank you, Pete.
  5. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Yes, wonderful picture and story. Life for all is complicated. Good luck to them both.
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  6. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Thanks, Rob.
  7. Ivar D. Larsen

    Ivar D. Larsen Well-Known Member

    I like the story, the image and I look forward to the next chapter. Good work old man. Just referring to the camera.
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  8. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Thanks Ivar. Much appreciated.

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