Matilda Gets Very Sick

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Matilda is one very 'lucky to be alive' little heifer calf. When she was only weeks old she got very, very sick. One day Matilda was feeling kind of yuk and the next day she could hardly walk.

Luckily one of the Cuddle Cow Carers found her laying down on her own and feeling very sorry for herself. Straight away the carer ruffled and ruffled Matilda's coat until she found what she was looking for - a big fat Paralysis Tick. Those things are deadly and they can kill a Cuddle Cow calf if no one finds them and pulls them off.

Touch & Go

Well, the Carer pulled the tick off and went to get help. Matilda was sick for days and days. The Carers knew that it would be 'touch and go'. They knew how very sick Matilda was and that if they didn't get it right, she would die.

The difficult thing to decide was the decision of whether or not to take her into the vet surgery. The Carers had taken a heifer called Sugar in the year before and she was saved but it was very difficult to get Sugar's Mum Sweetie Pie to accept her calf back. Sugar smelt different when she came home and Sweetie Pie was confused.

The decision was made to keep Matilda in the paddock and care for her there. A series of Vitamin C shots, lots of homeopathic remedies and lots of fluids and frequent massage was the treatment (all administered with large doses of love and affection).

Every day the Carers went into the paddock five or six times. Each time, they lifted Matilda up, massaged her legs, moved her and lay her back down in a new position. They made a sling out of a towel so they could hold her up while they massaged her and gave her homeopathic medicine. They also used the sling to carry her into the shade. Even very little calves are heavy.

Matilda's Mum Mrs Mac and the other calves all watched with great interest as Matilda was being looked after. Blossom in particular was very concerned. One morning very early one of the Carers was walking across the paddock and she could see a stork getting close to Matilda who was lying where she had been left the night before. Matilda got a start and rolled over in fright letting out a little calf bellow.

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Matilda laying in the sun after a leg massage.  Blossom is watching over her little friend and keeping a very close eye on the Carers... "Careful now, I'm watching you two!"

The Carers gave Matilda lots of needles in the bum too! Matilda hated it... until she realised that the Carers were only trying to help her, not hurt her. After a few visits from the Carers Matilda worked out that she always felt better afterwards.

Matilda Can Count

Matilda even worked out that if only one of the Carers came over to her, it meant she was going to get rolled around and rubbed and massaged. But, if two Carers came - it meant a needle in the bum! 

So after a few days, when Matilda saw two Cuddle Cow Carers coming her way she would try to get up and run away. Of course she couldn't because her legs were paralysed by the tick venom. But she tried her hardest anyway. Those needles hurt. The needles were full of Vitamin C and the Vitamin C was making the tick venom flush out of Matilda's body.

Getting Better

On the day Matilda did get up and run away, she didn't get very far before she wobbled to a stop. But, the very fact that she was able to get up, meant that she was on the mend. It also meant that she didn't get any more needles in the bottom.

The Carers kept a very close eye on Matilda for another week as she regained her strength. It didn't take long and Matilda was back to her old self. Still, the Carers had to be very careful not to do anything that might make Matilda run or get distressed. So the whole herd stayed an extra week in the paddock Maltida first got sick in.

Homeopathic at 'Home' Care

From that time forward the Carers decided that the first line of cattle care would be as homeopathic and as natural as possible. It was a lot more work for the Carers but much better for the cattle. Our very talented vets are still on speed dial though - we are not taking any unnecessary chances with our precious paddock pets.

The Carers also decided to introduce some Guinea Fowl to the paddocks in an attempt to reduce the tick numbers and to add an extra source of fertiser to the mix.

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Guinea fowl on tick patrol in the paddock. A clutch of chicks appeared not long after this photo.


If you would like to follow Matilda's paddock pals in detail adopt a calf and get access to our Adoption Centre. The Adoption Centre is where you will find all the calf journals.

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