update on calf STILL being out..

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She stayed in the same area today with wild winds here in DC area.. I fed her six slices of bread. Then went back tonight and gave her the feed she gets at night. She's right along the river so i think she has plenty to drink.. I called to her and she looked up and just stared at me.. I got about 10ft from her and left the feed each time and talk abit and then left.. Tomorrow is a new day. I'll fill you in at the pm... Tooooooo tired to say anymore.. Walked 2+ hrs. to find her only to be in the same spot. I never dreamed she'd be there.. Good night and thanks so much for caring... JAMES

-- James (onemaur@yahoo.com), January 13, 2002


Hi James,

Believe it or not but I was in DC until 4:30 PM yesterday (Saturday)...with nothing but time on my hands.

Well, you are making good progress. You found her, you fed her, and she did not bolt. It might take a few extra days, but I bet you will lead her back with the bucket or bread sooner than you might think. Thanks for the update. I rebushed the front end of my tractor today and reinstalled it and all the while I could not help but think about this escapee.

Tomorrow will be a good day.


-- Oscar H. Will III (owill@mail.whittier.edu), January 13, 2002.

Good Luck James! Keep us updated. Remember stay calm!

-- Mark in N.C. Fla. (deadgoatman@webtv.net), January 13, 2002.

Are there any 4-H kids with horses or calf penning groups they might help?

-- Don Amon (peacelane@certainty.net), January 13, 2002.

Call me a drug pusher but if you can feed her bread you can slip her something to calm her. Good luck and thanks for the update.

-- Ross (amulet@istar.ca), January 13, 2002.

Talk to a large animal vet, ask his/her advice about temporarily "doping" her, it's time to get a halter and lead ropes on her and a few stout folks to walk her home.

-- Annie Miller in SE OH (annie@1st.net), January 14, 2002.

We had a pig that got out once. After two days of trying to get him back in the fence we made up some mash of corn and oats and a couple of pitchers of beer. Not sure how it would work on a cow put it worked for us, plus it was good for a couple of laughs with a drunk pig. I felt sorry for him later watching him nurse that hangover!

-- Jay (candlebn@maxminn.com), January 14, 2002.

I'm getting in on this a little late, but cattle are sociable animals. By that I mean if your calf hears or sees another cow it will go to it. Are there any farms around? DON'T spook it by chasing it or shooting it with a BB gun. I say this because I brought two calves home from the local market and one jumped out the window of my chickenhouse and was gone. We looked high and low and gave up at dark only to wake up at 3am to find the calf balling like crazy trying to get to the other calf I had. If this is not an option just keep feeding it and getting it's trust and then eventually you can get a rope on it.

-- Joel Combs (jwcinpk@yahoo.com), January 15, 2002.

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