It’s hard to believe we’ve gone straight from extreme drought to too wet. Our ground is saturated and we received another three inches in the early morning hours, and it’s still raining. They issued a flash flood warning for my area this morning, and it wasn’t long before my nephew called to tell me I should take my camera to the creek running through his family’s pasture northeast of town. He said it was already out of its banks and had crossed the state road.
It was still rising and close to crossing the county road.
Then he said his uncle’s cattle had managed to be on the wrong side of the creek. They were stranded between the rising creek and the fence with only a three-foot strip of land. I suggested this might be a good time to cut the fence, and he said that’s what they were doing as we spoke. Of course, they had to wade through waist deep water to get there. I headed out the door.
By the time I arrived, I could see the cattle were on the other side of the fence. I did go see if they needed any help moving them. That’s when they said they were still trying to get one calf.
When they cut the fence, all the cattle came through except one calf. She panicked and jumped into the water. She crashed into the bridge and went under.
They scrambled to try and get rope to pull her out, thinking she was probably already dead. They finally saw her surface downstream and pull herself back onto the strip of land.
In the meantime they other cattle had left the field and wandered away, so they had to bring them back. That’s when I got there. They were headed back to the calf to try and get her to safety.
He waded through the waist deep water again and very slowly brought her back to the hole in the fence. She still didn’t know what to do, but she hollered for her mom.
Mom was hollering encouragement back to her. She was very concerned.
The calf went past the opening, back towards the bridge.
Another person started towards the calf from the other direction to turn her back to the opening.
This time, she came through. It still wasn’t easy getting back to mom.
Finally, they were all safe, so they were moved to the other side of the creek.
They should be safe now, but with more rain in the forecast, they’ll keep a close eye on the pasture. They’ll also keep a close eye on the calf, newly named Mikelle Phelps, to make sure she doesn’t develop pneumonia after her swim.