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Monday, March 22, 2010

Aaaiiiieeeeeee!!!! Stampede!

Yesterday morning I was doing my regular graining of the young heifers when the strangest thing happened.

These are the 6 month to year old girls, close to the same size as the heifers below. Their feed bunks are on a bit of a hill that falls steeply off down into the creek bottoms.

It was just barely light out, maybe 6:45 AM or so, and I had just opened the gate and was shoving my way through the 10 of them when suddenly something happened behind me (dunno what it was) and they all startled and went charging off around me. One of the smaller ones got so excited she tried to jump a feed bunk, landed smack inside it and flopped around like a fish out of water before she leapt out and took off in the rear of the herd. It was kind of freaky because I was afraid I was going to get trampled.

I had this brief and strange sensation that I was in that scene from Jurassic Park where the veggiesaurs were flocking around the professor and the two kids, and if I turned and looked down over the hill I thought perhaps I'd see the T-Rex coming after me.

But thankfully he wasn't there.

I was glad.


Anonymous said...

A T-Rex?! That would definitely be a bummer!

Unknown said...

Wow! Wonder what it was!? Something like that happened to us the other day...only we sense that it may have been two wolves or two coy dogs! Ummm...not dogs who are coy, but a mix of coyote and domestic dog (which is the worst to have because they're not afraid of humans!). LOL!

Calfkeeper said...

I forgot to add that they came back in a few minutes. So apparently it wasn't too bad.

Yeah, I have heard of coy dogs. We have lots of coyotes around here, but so far I've yet to hear of any coy dogs. I hope we don't get any. I have heard they are dangerous.