In the woods

As in that is where we are. Not out of them yet, and alll that.

Floppy II (aka Flopette) is doing better now. She is about back to where she was at birth, not really standing but with a suck reflex. That is critical.

I took her into Lakeside Vets this morning and spent 2 hours carefully supporting her head while IV fluids were pumped in. This gave some energy and nutriets, but also helped to resotre blood volume and hydration after the bleeding. Over the two hours she perked up considerably. We gave her a bottle of goats milk at the clinic, and she devoured it. I just gave her another bottle here at home, and she devoured it too (well, as much as I wanted to feed her- many small feeds are now the order of the day).

I leanred something from Jeanette, too (who called before I went to the vet). The power of the Humm. She told me of an amazing case she had with a clinets very premature (6 week) cria that kept dying. They had CPRed it back to life 3 times, and had decided to let it go. It had stopped breathing, was blue, and the heart had nearly stopped. The mother sniffed it, and hummed. Suddenly the cria took a gasping breathe, and came back to life, and went on to survive.
So on the drive over, I was humming at little Floppete. After some time she stirred (she was basically flat and nonresponsive at this point), and hummed back once or twice. I hummed all while the IV was in (well, when I was not talking to Julia). On the drive home I was humming, and she started humming back occasionally. Eventually she wriggled around in her towel-filled basket until I could not see her (she had curled up to sleep), but every time I hummed I could hear a little humm in return.

2 thoughts on “In the woods

  1. Kathy says:


    What? How? Explain!!

  2. Stephen says:

    The most common vocalization of the camelid is a humm. It is a “general editorial comment” when they see something interesting going on in the world. Sounds like a human humm (and they can make a variety of them). Mothers humm to their babies quite a lot, especially in the first week of life.

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