Friday, July 18, 2014

Stalking Mama and Junior

Mama and Junior are still in residence, and our evenings are not complete 
until we have stalked them in the pasture to make sure all is well.

We leave the barn around 7:30.



After a few nibbles along the way...




...we all make our way down the path to the back 40.
If this evening is like all others this week, we will find Mama and Junior north of the path
just before we get to the cross fence. 



Here's a map to help you get your bearings. Mama and Junior's preferred spot to bunk down for the night
is one of the most wide-open spaces on the ranch, the better to spot any danger if it should come their way. 



Bingo. Mama and Junior were right where we expected.
I can't begin to describe how my heart swells every time I see them, knowing they're still safe.



But wait...who's this? The baby daddy? I've spotted him twice this week, hanging out with Mama and Junior.
I'd thought that Mama had been shunned by her whole herd and am hugely relieved 
to see that someone besides me (and all of you, of course) cares about her.



21 comments:

  1. I think the word is out, and soon you will have a herd of them living with you. Better start checking out names soon! (They saw the hay coming in…)

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  2. so glad daddy showed up and they are all safe for now... hope she is healing quickly

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  3. It's handy that you have 8 extra eyes to help in your search.

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  4. Do they come in for the water?

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    1. Somebody's drinking the water I've set out for them but there's no way of knowing who.

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    2. Northern AB gal7/18/14, 10:56 AM

      Got any place nearby to hang a trail camera?

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  5. I'm so happy they are still safe and it's so cool they have a friend or family visiting them.

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  6. Have you seen this documentary on a man who befriends mule deer? These posts are reminding me of that documentary. You can watch it here. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/touching-the-wild/touching-the-wild/8679/

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    1. I did see this. Fascinating program. I should be so lucky that Mama and Junior stick around for as long as his deer herd did.

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  7. I suspect Mama sent out postcards to friends and relatives. Surely she described the safety, tranquility, food. They now belong to the ranch.

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  8. Baby daddy or "wanna be." Either way, hope he helps keep them safe.

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  9. This is such a great story line! There are such unanswered questions...where IS their antelope herd? Were she and junior (and now maybe baby daddy or another survivor) the few to escape whatever attacked them? Or did she get tangled in a barb wire fence? One thing is certain: they know a safe place when they find one! And a welcoming family, meaning you all and us all!

    Oh, and I've been meaning to ask: are you still taking your Fridays as vacation from your "muggle" job in order not to lose the days? Hope so, 'cause the company doesn't need to swallow those hours! The 7MSN needs them :)

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  10. If this doesn't turn out well for them, please write a fictional ending. Signed, I was a single mother too. (Or, you call THIS child support?)

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  11. wonderful. So often wildlife doesn't get a happy ending but this is sure a lot of happy moments for them :)

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  12. I think it is safe to say, you have your own herd. I hope her wounds are healing. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  13. This is just such a sweet story. I hope they stay for a long while. Are baby prong horns babies for a long time or do they mature fast?

    Cheer,
    Jo

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  14. So, they are on the INSIDE of your fence? I must have missed that...maybe they like the security that your herd provides? Does Mama need to heal up from something? Yes, please keep us updated!
    Cheryl Ann

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    1. Cheryl Ann, here's a link to their story.http://www.the7msnranch.com/2014/07/the-7msn-rest-and-rehabilitation-home.html

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  15. This is an interesting story to follow.

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  16. Set up a trail camera pointed at the water. You might be very surprised! :)

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