Babies can nap anywhere at any time.
A calf on Heath Allen's place may be choosier about napping places after a harrowing episode Monday when a bulldozer covered her up with brush it was sleeping.
Allen said when he arrived home for lunch he was perplexed as to why a mama cow was continuously bawling at the brush pile. Then he noticed - no baby.
He began a search.
“I looked all around the pasture and couldn't find the missing calf anywhere,” Allen said.
Allen said Ted Seabourn began pushing brush at about 8:30 a.m., but said he had not seen a calf. Both men decided it was unlikely the calf was in the brush pile and if it were, it would have been long dead. Allen decided to return to work.
Allen's in-laws, Edmond and Donnah Brown were out for a day of work on the farm and grew tired of the cow's mooing. The couple decided to investigate more.
Aha! Noise. Something was in the pile.
Seabourn was summoned to help and he began peeling back the layers of brush little by little.
Finally, about 2 p.m., a small, white-faced calf was discovered at the bottom of the pile with legs flailing in every direction.
Once the calf was released from “stick prison” she stood up and ran for mama, not seeming to be any worse for the wear.
Allen said the calf belongs to his mother, Sharon Weible, and has been appropriately renamed “Miracle.”
ANGELIA JOINER is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-965-3124, ext. 238.