Welcome To The World My Son!! New Born Calf - NZ by AndreaEL

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The bonding process, as the cow learns to recognize her new calf, and commits to caring for that calf, is a complex blend of hormonal- induced and learned behaviour. Mature cows that have had calves before are more apt to quickly mother their offspring than first-time heifers. The cow or heifer goes through a series of behaviours as she reacts to various sensory clues provided by the calf and the birth fluids. If she’s lying down as the calf slides out of the birth canal, she will generally raise her head and look over her shoulder to get a glimpse of the calf. “Any movement of the calf at this stage (raising its head or shaking its head) is a strong stimulus to the cow to get up and turn around to smell the calf and start licking it. Calves that shake their heads and are vigorous elicit a stronger response in the cow; they are more attractive to the cow than weak or dead calves. The smell and taste of birth fluids is another strong attractant that further drives the maternal behaviour and stimulates the cow to lick the calf. As the cow licks the calf she begins the bonding process and learns her own calf’s smell, to enable her to identify it. She generally won’t let any other calf nurse her; she first has to smell it and make sure it’s hers. This is an important part of bonding, and probably the reason that cattle instinctively seek a place to calve where bonding won’t be interrupted. Because newborn calves are soon up and walking, and can mix with other calves early in life, the cow must be able to recognize and discriminate between calves soon after birth.
It was amazing to watch Mum bonding with her son as soon as he was born…such wonderful and tender moments in nature as she gently licked him clean…
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Mossburn Southland New Zealand September 2011

I would like to dedicate this one to Viv, Congratulations on becoming a Grandma… Enjoy your precious gift…

Welcome To The World My Son!!


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Featured 9th Sep. 2011

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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    Welcome To The World My Son!!

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourabout 3 years ago

    How beautiful and what a great shot , nature is trully wonderful.

  • Malcolm, your lovely comment is greatly appreciated, thank you.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 3 years ago

    Ahh make your heart melt to see some a lovely image xx

  • Lynn, your lovely comment is greatly appreciated, thank you.

    – AndreaEL

  • MMackenzie1
    MMackenzie1about 3 years ago

    Aww what a beautiful image, very cute :)

  • M, your lovely comment is greatly appreciated, thank you.

    – AndreaEL

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...about 3 years ago

    Beautiful sweetheART – a fave * & google+ ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Valerie, your lovely comment & fave is greatly appreciated, thank you.

    – AndreaEL

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alabout 3 years ago

    A beautiful capture Andrea and I learnt something to boot. It’s a fav Mate.

  • Al, your lovely comment & fave is greatly appreciated, thank you.

    – AndreaEL

  • WoolleyWorld
    WoolleyWorldabout 3 years ago

    A compelling image Andrea…I grew up on a farm and your words and image have hit the spot!

  • Your lovely comment is greatly appreciated, thank you, I am pleased it hit the spot…

    – AndreaEL

  • dougie1page2
    dougie1page2about 3 years ago

    beautiful!

  • Dougie, your lovely comment is greatly appreciated, thank you.

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 3 years ago

    Awesome color and details. Great timing

  • Byron, your lovely comment is greatly appreciated, thank you.

    – AndreaEL

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayabout 3 years ago

    Wow, superb shot Andrea, really excellent, how wonderful to see! :O)

  • Vanessa, your lovely comment & compliment is greatly appreciated, thank you.

    – AndreaEL

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