Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The cruelty of nature

Today is a hard day at our farm. Tiger passed away.

Tiger was the runt of the litter and has always acted like she was moving in slow motion. I worried her heart was not working right because she seemed to breathe in a belabored way. I also noticed she seemed to lack survival instincts. For example when Zack would run around, Fluffy would move out of Zack's way, Tiger never did, she just sat there. We also had trouble getting Tiger to eat, and she was very very thin.

This morning when I went to the barn she was having a difficult time moving. I found her snuggled up in the cage in a warm blanket, but while I was feeding the alpacas she dragged herself over to me. She had so much difficulty I was concerned she was dying. I took her home to feed her kitten milk through a dropper. I got some milk into her, but while I was rocking her after feeding her, she passed away. Nature was cruel to her. She was not born with what she needed in order to survive. The kids will be very sad, as will we all.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

I am so sorry to hear about Tiger. I know the kids will be sad too. I had a kitten when I was young that I got off a farm and she died as well due to being too young to be away from her mother.

I thought of you guys as we drove through Michigan last weekend. I love reading your blog all about your new farm life. It is fascinating!

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