I always try to make this blog as amusing as possible, I am a pretty silly bloke and I can usually find something to laugh at in most situations.
Today, however, in this short blog there will be no laughs, we have lost another cria and we are pretty bloody miserable.
Orchard Ruby, a lovely brown girl who belongs to friends of ours Charlie and Louise Maidment was 11 months and 5 days pregnant yesterday. She is a first timer and things were going along well.
She started behaving as if something was going to happen in the morning then rejoined the rest around midday and was grazing as normal. Another false alarm we suspected.
However, later on she looked to be in some discomfort and after observing for a short while our vet was called. He was very quick and got on with finding out what was wrong. Sadly there were two problems.
Firstly Ruby was suffering from ringwomb. Ringwomb is something I had never heard of but apparently it is a characterized by failure of the cervix to relax so that there is no evidence of impending parturition. Not good.
Because the cervix doesn't dilate second stage labour can not begin. As a result the mum doesn't start pushing. There are no outward signs that she is contracting.
Secondly the cria was malpresented. The head and neck were twisted round and back along its side. One of the front legs was back. In short he was wedged.
The vet delivered a good looking solid brown boy but he had been dead for some time.
He assured us that there was nothing we could have done, that there was no way of knowing what was going on. He even said that if we had rung him earlier he would have told us to wait for a couple of hours to see how things developed. It was nice of him.
We still have that awful feeling that we are responsible, that we should have noticed something, that we should have done something different, that in some way we could have saved the cria.
It makes us feel pretty crap.
Still life goes on and we must now look forward to our own Bannock and Deedee giving birth soon.
Once again apologies for the lack of laughs, I'll be back to normal tomorrow.