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originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
We rarely ever name an animal, other than foundation breed stock. We usually just refer to them by their ear-tag numbers. However, when you have to take this close of care of an animal they will get a name...inevitably. The little bull's naming has already started, with the Vet referring to him as "noodle" (because he was basically a wet noodle today). Tonight though, looking at him wrapped up in my sleeping bag, I'm thinking 'Beef Taco'. The wife think's he should be called "Lil' Man'.
Assuming he lives (which we sincerely hope he does), soon he will be bonded with my wife and will follow her around everywhere just like a great big puppy dog. The last bull we had this happen to bonded to us similarly, and would walk around outside the pastures, staying with us and playing with the dogs (I think he thought/wished he was a dog)...he was 2,000lbs and over 5 feet at the shoulder at the time! Despite all the domestication he has become a championship breed stock bull on another ranch. We sold him because he was the son of our herd bull (so genetically we couldn't keep him). His new owners think he's the greatest bull they've ever known, always eager for a head or ear scratch.
As always though, you have to be very careful with a huge animal like this because they can easily seriously injure or kill a person unintentionally just by being themselves. Just a simple thing like a shoulder itch when you're between them and a good scratching spot like a post, a fence or gate can be fatal.
If 'Noodle' or 'Taco' or whatever his name is survives I'm sure he'll be much the same way as Ike was (the bull referred to above). This one is far worse off than Ike was as a calf, and will be much more calmed later if he makes it.
Maybe we'll call him "Batman". Yeah, I kind of like that one.