Not really about a "pet" per se, but about animals (livestock in this case), so I thought I'd put this here for the animal lovers because it's a neat
So this past spring we calved out and among this years batch were two nice lookin' bull calves. The first one, one I've talked about often here is
the bottle calf (mom faltered), and the other one is just your normal robust little bull calf. We had a number of bull calves this year, but these
two stood out (the rest will probably get steered out). This story is about the latter of the two standouts.
Anyway, ever since this little guy was 'hatched' he's been a rambunctious one, always playful and much more curious than the others (most all calves
are curious to a degree). But this guy was different, more forward. Now, his momma is one of our best cows and she consistently throws some of the
best calves too with excellent dispositions (a good thing in bulls). This year we've had a lot more direct interaction with the calves due to the one
bottle calf, so we're constantly in the pens with them because of him. In so doing we noticed this one calf (the subject calf) was a pretty spirited
little fella, much more than usual. We'd go in the pens and he'd almost immediately start pulling some shenanigans. He'd start jumping around, or
showing off, or he'd run around you, or he'd sneak up behind you to spook you. He is always up to something, like trying to steal a bucket of starter
feed or get in between you and the calf we're trying to feed. As a result we've calmed him much the same as we did with the bottle calf, so he's very
socialized (by this I mean, if we brush the bottle calf, we have to brush him too or else he's a pest). If we scratch one, we have to scratch him.
He'll insert himself into just about every situation. Plus he's a little ham, hamming it up at every opportunity. It's pretty funny actually.
This has been going on now since day #1 with him. He's about 4 months now, so he's probably about 250-275lbs and just under 3' tall. So he's still
just a little guy. In another distant pasture we have our herd bull and a couple left over yearling bulls which we left intact (better money in bulls
sometimes). These two yearling bulls are probably 900lbs+ now. Our herd bull is a giant at 2,300lbs. We put the junior bulls in with our herd bull
just to keep him company after we take him off the girls, so he's not alone. Cows are surprisingly social creatures, but I digress. Now normally, we
can't leave the yearlings together with the herd bull much longer than what we have because at this age they'll start to fight for supremacy. We
usually let them get started for a couple months, but then separate them when it starts getting really rough. Our herd bull, Jack, will usually make
short work out of even a couple yearling bulls (even simultaneously) if they challenge him. But this year, so far, no real wrestling matches yet, the
yearlings steer clear of Jack when they're starting to feel their oats. So everything is good in the bull pasture.
Fast forward to yesterday. We turned the bulls out into a closer pasture. In the new pasture they can see the girls and the calves, whereas before
they couldn't see them. Of course this immediately results in...OH!!!...WIMMINS!!!! Well, we better start showing off our wares!!"
games begin. Now these guys aren't sharing a fence with the girls, but they can see them and smell them if the wind is right. Even so, the two
yearling bulls are still pretty timid, especially of Jack. Okay, so last night we're in the pens with the adult girls and their calves, feeding.
Here comes this little bull (our subject today). He sees the bulls over in the adjacent pasture and perks up. He stares at them for a while, and
THEN starts doing something I've never seen a little bull calf ever do before. I hear this low growl, and then this high pitched bugling sound
(almost like a bull elk bugle). Adult bulls will do this over distances to challenge each other. It sounds like a series of long woofs which start
out real low and end on a really high note, just repeated over and over. I spin around in shock and look to see who's making this noise and it's this
little bull calf. The yearling bulls are nowhere in sight, and only Jack is standing there looking across the pasture into the corrals. This little
guy is challenging JACK!! Jack is nearly 10x his size!
HOLY COW!! Never saw that before!! I'm sure I haven't probably described it very well here, about just how unusual something like this is, but it's
pretty unbelievable. Normally the little bull calves would be terrified of the herd bull (it's like the is love-fear thing, they idolize him, but
they're skeered to death of him at the same time). Not this little guy! He's standing there like... "Lemme' at him! I'll take him! Just lemme'
at him! Open this gate up one time and I'll go show that big guy a lesson he'll never forget!"
Wow!! This little guy is some kinda' live wire
for sure! I reckon this one is gonna' be a handful before we get him turned loose. He doen't pay any attention to the yearling bulls at all, but
when Jack shows up he starts hootin' and hollerin'. What a hoot!
We normally wean the calves by separating them and putting them in with the herd bull. This year is gonna' be interesting to watch! I'll bet it's
gonna' be fireworks from the word go.
He's a real life LIVE WIRE!
edit on 8/30/2018 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)