Calf Separated From Mom After Medical Issues « CBS Denver

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The x-rays showed no signs of damage so crews carried her to the stall filled with sand, stood her up and helped her support her weight.

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Inside the sand-filled stall, the staff tried to give her a bottle but she wasn’t interested, officials said.

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At about 12:45 p.m., with staff supporting her with a towel under her ribs, the calf started to take a few steps.

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At about 1:30 p.m., the the calf was standing and walking on her own.

She was reunited with her mother and immediately tried to nurse.

The staff continued to monitor her for any problems and later said she showed signs of weakness again.

Twice the calf was bumped by her mother and splayed again, officials said.

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