This past week while we were down at the farm I had the pleasure of seeing a mother's love at its finest! I am not talking about Mary Nelle's love for her son or even my love for Hunter for that matter but the love between a momma cow and her baby "Q-Tip" as we called him.
Now, I know that some people might not believe what I am about to write but I saw it with my own two eyes and can tell you that this momma cow knows love.
Q-Tip had to be born about the week before we arrived for our visit and his momma was a proud cow. She made sure that she was never far from him and would always keep a watchful eye out for him around the other cows.
The first time I came across Momma she was standing at Mary Nelle's fence contemplating moving into Elizabeth's pasture with the other cows. Hunter hadn't yet laid eyes on the cows so I hopped into the ranger with him and we went to see her. She stood there for a moment but quickly became nervous and ran off back towards the pond which she had just come from. At this point, I hadn't put two-n-two together that this was that cute little cow's momma because honestly I didn't know that a brown and white cow could have a black and white cow! Stop shaking your head, city girl, I know!
The following day, Larry's dad (the man that runs the cattle on the farm), came out with the feed truck. If you have never seen this happen, it is amazing to watch. I honestly never knew that cows could run as fast as they do until I saw the feed truck pull into the farm. Momma and Q-Tip lagged a bit behind the others, I believe because she knew that he would be trampled if he got in the mix of things, but were quickly up eating with the rest of the herd. One of the other momma cows pushed Q-Tip out of her way at one point which knocked him down. Momma came over quickly, nudged Q-Tip as if to say "you are okay and need to get up quickly" and then she put herself between him and the herd and moved him out into another pasture under a big shade tree for the rest of the afternoon. Absolutely priceless to watch!
I could keep going with the things this momma did for her little baby but I think you all get my point...A mother's love is instinctual, unconditional and forever....no matter the species!
A Softened Heart
8 months ago