Miss Scarlett has gotten rather wide.
Animals have their own way of communicating. Often, they speak with their posture, tails, or facial expressions.
This face says “Does this collar make me look fat?”
Last nite Scarlett’s ligaments were pretty much mush. I knew she was going to have her kids rather soon, so I put her in the goatshed with the camera on, and I stayed up and watched “GoatTV”. She spent a miserable restless night. I catnapped.
This morning, while we were feeding leppies, I heard a pitiful groaning that sounded familiar. I stepped around the corner and sure enough, Scarlett was delivering kid #1.
Bruno and I went in to see if she wanted company, help, or someone to choke.
She was just happy to see #1.
Bruno helped clean him up. It was interesting to see Bruno and Miss Scarlett interact on this offer. He entered and approached her cautiously. She looked at him and he stopped while she thought it over. As soon as she looked back at her kid and began to lick him off, Bruno recognized her acceptance and stepped up to assist.
Once he had been dried and massaged off by the two of them, he ordered breakfast in bed.
Scarlett started back into labor again while Bruno took a nap between contractions. It was not necessary to watch her flanks to see the contractions, I only had to watch her ears stick out. Please note her facial expressions. They are JUST like people!
Her efforts were not in vain. Kid #2 arrived without too much fanfare.
Bruno babysat kid #1 while mama cleaned up kid #2 herself. It's always nice to have someone keep the older ones entertained when you are busy with a newborn. I remember when my Cody was born. There was no one around to do that, but my Matt, who was 2 1/2 was a huge help to me. What great kids I have!
Kid number 3 came soon after, in a fashion much like that of Glenda, the GoodWitch of the North, in his own little bubble. It's pretty neat. They show up all wrapped up and packaged, albeit a little slimey.
There is just something heavenly about giving birth. It is surely one of God's most winsome acts of creation.
So, the ranch triplets graduated High School this year, Prissy had her triplets the same day. Today Scarlett had triplets on ranchkid #5's birthday. I told her it was Scarlett's gift to her, but she declined. My friend and neighbor, "D" made it over in time to see #3 born. After we had decided they would all manage without us, we went to the octopus tree to visit the rest. Prissy's little trio has grown a lot in the past 2 weeks and were having a good time. That is how it should be.