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Saturday October 26, 2013

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Caption: Found this little fellow separate from the rest of the herd; from the way he looked and acted, I believe he was sick. Hope the little chap is all right.

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9. ChrisAnthemum
12:38 AM GMT on November 01, 2013
Thanks, Gene! I drove by the calf pen on Monday morning and he was lying flat, not looking good. When I went back that evening, he was not there -- I assume he died and the body removed.

I do not know whether he was getting antibiotics or what. He did have food and water in the pen, a tarp to keep the rain off, and straw to lie in. Yes, it's always possible to hook up an animal to an IV or maybe give it subcutaneous injections of saline, but I don't know what kind of treatment he was getting. Vet bills are horrendously expensive; I know because I spend lots of money on my dogs just for routine vaccinations, etc. when they are not even sick. The calf may have been given to the farmer or bought cheaply, and he was willing to spend just so much time and effort on him and no more. I really don't know; I will ask if/when I see him next.
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8. Clabo
3:38 AM GMT on October 30, 2013
Maybe just to me it seems obvious, but if *any* kind of dehydration, can't they just hook up an IV of sorts? Pop on a "banana bag"...

Hell, æons ago, when I had a kidney-stone and had to hit the ER (knew instantly what it was, but needed some heavy-artillery as far as pain meds, and that was the only way of getting 'em  :þ ), I had a 2L bottle of seltzer with me to help [coff!] "flush" it out, and they *still* hooked me up.

Granted, different reasons, but if the little critter can't/won't drink water (or better yet, pedialyte to replenish/rebalance electrolytes), there happen to be plenty of other ways to get water into the critter.

Dunno, but the farmer's "good intentions" aside, I don't think I'd be able to just sit around and wait'n'see if the critter survives or not. I'd want a complete DDX to find out what's wrong, then find something to *do* about it.

Otherwise, it's like those crazy ladies who hoard stray cats to "protect" them from life on the street, only to have Animal Control find the cats years later, emaciated, or dead and mummified behind/under the couch, because said crazy lady "forgot" to feed 'em.
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7. ChrisAnthemum
7:11 PM GMT on October 27, 2013
I don't hold out a lot of hope for him, Gene; he was barely moving. I think from the appearance of his backside and underneath parts that he's suffering from scours, or diarrhea. This results in dehydration that is often fatal. Will let you know if I find out anything more.
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6. Clabo
4:54 PM GMT on October 27, 2013
Awwwww. Hope the little critter recovers.

Looks like he needs a hug.
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5. ChrisAnthemum
3:14 PM GMT on October 27, 2013
Thank you all for taking an interest in this little guy! When I drove by this morning, he was lying down flat, not a good sign. Still alive, but not looking good at all. Please don't blame the farmer; he has a history of buying sickly calves and trying to nurse them back to health. Often it works.
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4. trekincat
1:38 PM GMT on October 27, 2013
He does look bad, I can see too many bones sticking out, his spine is sticking out and his hips are very thin. How sad that they are allowing him to stay that way, he should be inside under proper care, or..........
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3. snosno
12:07 PM GMT on October 27, 2013
Poor little guy... You could make him better, Kathy.. Too bad you can`t take him home?!!
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2. Cowgazer
8:22 AM GMT on October 27, 2013
Ears down, coat stood on end, sad guy needs some TLC hope it soon recovers (as oft they do)
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1. stoneygirl
6:18 AM GMT on October 27, 2013
Oh wow, he doesn't look well does he. How sad, he looks so lonely. I hope they get him checked out. Just breaks my heart.
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Wife, mother, grandmother, gardener, naturalist, writer, artist, crafter, homeschooler, owner and occasional breeder of registered Shetland Sheepdogs, and a child of the King. Rank amateur at most of these. Live in Westfield, NC, near the western mountains.Some of my photos are now available for sale from Fine Art America. Please check the website: tml only join the html -- for some reason this site won't let me do it. Clicking on my website below leads to FAA's main page, but you can access my gallery there by putting my name Kathryn Meyer in the search box.

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