This is what the hoop barn looked like Yesterday. Cows and calves come in here during the day and night to chew their cud, nurse, eat hay, get out of the weather and take a load off their hooves. The cows have 24/7 access and this barn has been our primary barn and a blessing since the other barn burned down December 18th.
And this morning, after last nights freakish heavy snow, thunder, lightning and rain storm, this is what I found:
I was alone at the farm as the two mother cows "told me" that their calves were trapped inside the collapsed barn first thing this morning. Tiny Tim's mom and Panda's mom were both screaming and trying to crawl under and onto the collapsed roof of the barn.
Tiny Tim's mom came over immediately and made it very clear that she was taking over from here.
The entire herd came over to greet the rescued calf.
Just like survivors from avalanches, surviving a barn collapse is rare.
I prompty headed to church to give my thanks for my prayers being answered for muscles. I was late getting there, but very glad to be there.
When I returned to the farm, the calf was still laying down and it was obvious he had not stood up yet. The herd had stayed near him all morning.
I gave him a quick look over and found a large lump on the back of his neck.
The bruising and swelling was now more evident than previously.
I still prayed that he would stand and resume his normal life
I went to my truck to get my trusty thick PolarTec blanket to wrap the calf in to keep him warm. I also covered him with hay and another blanket to keep the drafts out.
Tiny Tim started eating the hay as Gracie stood watch.
Tiny Tim's ears were warm (important in calves) and he was munching hay at a good pace when I returned to water the herd this evening.
He still hadn't moved.
I continued to bring him hay to eat and hay to pack around him to keep him warm tonight.
With no other shelter to bring him and his mom to, he will be bedding down where he is.
Tonight a young calf lays in front of a collapsed barn, protected by a herd of gentle cows. Please say prayers for Tiny Tim.