Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Flooding

Remember this pair?  You're right. It is the little calf that almost drowned after it's mother gave birth to it in the creek and kept knocking back down into the water every time it managed to struggle up onto it's wobbly legs.

Their story continues.
 After two days of steady rain our peaceful little creek was turning into a river with the waterfall gushing loudly. I couldn't quite decide if it was grumbling or laughing. Either way the sound was pleasant as long as everything seemed to be fine.
The water kept rising until the creek didn't really look like a creek any longer. Even the road was flooded after the water no longer could all rush under the bridge. The children were watching it in fascination and all of a sudden cried out that a calf is being washed away. I hurried to the window in time to see something black being sucked down into the current at the bridge.

There was a lull in the rain so I hurried outside in hopes I can at least see what has happened to the poor little thing. I wasn't planning on risking my safety by getting into the rushing water but I did hope I would see it emerge on the other side and be able to get to the creek bank or at least be able to grab some footing on on of the little islands.

I couldn't see a thing though and as I was turning to go back into the house our neighbor called from his yard and asked if I had seen the calf being swept away. He was concerned about it as well but we decided that there really is nothing an 86 year old man and I can do about it except feel sorry. The water running across the road kept us far enough apart that we had to yell our entire conversation.

The children kept feeling so sorry for the cow as it stood there the rest of the day looking at the creek sorrowfully.

The owners of the cows came by last night and the were fishing things out of the creek by the bridge. I kept being afraid we'd see a dead calf being pulled out next. It grew dark and our watching was ended.

This morning the little calf is safely by it's mother. Rescued once again. I'm thinking it should find something other than near drownings to participate in.

21 comments:

Joanne said...

Thank God!!!!! Hooray!!!! what a miracle! I was expecting the worst. What a wonderful ending. Now that farmer needs to rig a life vest on that calf next time it rains! poor little thing had had enough adventures i think! Blessings, Joanne

Happyone : ) said...

Glad to hear the little calf was saved once again.
Perhaps it's like a cat with 9 lives! : )

Lady Anne said...

That calf is certainly giving its Guardian Angel a rough time. I think Little Moses needs to be brought up to the barn next time it starts to rain - and kept there! Maybe a long rope, so you can haul it back to shore?

I am SO glad everything worked out well. Like Joanne, I was really expecting the worst, and felt so sorry for the momma cow, your children, and the owner of the calf.

Laura said...

I'm so glad that the little calf was saved!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Gracious! Can't that owner find any better place to keep the cow and her calf?!?

Gentle hugs,
~♥~

Magnolia Tea said...

Oh my, I'm glad the poor thing is safe, but, you just have to wonder if some cow's lives are like some people's - all drama and suspense with not much happening between the ears. *chuckles*

Barbara said...

Oh amen I am so happy the little calf was rescued, I know that must be so frightening to watch, and not being able to help it. Praying you all stay safe there in that raging water. God bless you, Barbara

An Irish Italian Blessing said...

Thank goodness the calf is ok! That flood is really getting intense. Praying for safety for everyone!

Folky Dots said...

I love a happy ending!

Rita said...

Goodness! That little calf has a water destiny! I agree, it either needs a life vest or the farmer should keep them someplace away from the water! That is one lucky little calf!! :)

Pat said...

Maybe they should name that calf "Lucky", or "Rainbow".

The imPerfect Housewife said...

I bet that mama cow had a few things to say to that calf. :D I think that calf is part cat. SO happy it turned out well!

Becca said...

Little calf needs a few 'house rules' or should I say 'farm rules' as to where and where not to roam when it rains. And someone other than you neighbours to enforce them! LOL

Tiff said...

Thank goodness all was fine in the end. I think the owner of that cow and calf need to keep them fenced in somewhere for awhile. You don't need all that drama!

Sharon said...

I am so relieved to hear that the little calf is now safe.
I have missed seeing your posts.
thanks for sharing today.

Sarah Forgrave said...

Wow, I'm thinking that little calf has a big purpose in store. :) What a story!

Peggy said...

At least one happy story with all of this flooding! Do take care; the sun will be out again, soon :-)

Janie said...

I was certainly glad to hear that the calf was saved once again!

Joy said...

I love happy endings too. Momma cow needs to put a leash on her calf. Never any dull rainy days at your homestead. The kids should write a story about the cow and her calf.

Toriz said...

I'm glad the calf is OK, and agree... It needs to find something else to do with its time! ;)

Jules said...

Wow! Thank the Lord! That just goes to show that He does care for even the smallest things in our lives. We need to name that baby Miracle or something. :o)