i came home from work and planted the blueberry bushes and tossed out the seed for the new bunny garden (which i should have done BEFORE it rained!) once i got it all watered, i went out to the barn to grab some straw to spread to help keep the moisture in.... and what do i see???
oh my freaking gawd!...
joy, protecting her new tiny ball baby. it would have fit in the palm of my hand.... and my heart went...ka-thud.
she used to have a basketball baby which she stood over and protected well. then someone gave her a big orange exercise ball and that became her best baby love. however, pepper played with her best baby one day and poked a hole in it and it deflated. joy was without a baby. she tried to bond with the plastic egg shaped yellow ball thingy but it wasn't squishy. i guess in desperation she found this 4 inch orange rubber ball and tried to make that do, but it was pretty darn small.
i am telling you, it broke my heart to see her hanging her sweet head over this little ball that was about the size of her hoof. i did find her another basketball in the memorial garden and gave that to her. she immediately abandoned tiny little orange ball and went to the bigger basketball to mother over.
she is a very odd cow but whatever. if she wants to have a decent sized baby ball to nurture, she is going to have one.
For those who would like to contribute to joy's supply of baby balls