Thursday, June 2, 2011
Pepper II ?
We know Ginger had a healthy calf but what happened to it is anyone's guess. Pepper is gone ,vanished into thin air. We first noticed Ginger didn't come up for a few days. We couldn't find her then she came up without her calf. We've searched high and low. We have speculated, we have looked with no luck. A coyote or wild hog could have found it alone but we're thinking it may have been bit by a rattlesnake and Ginger stayed by it's side the few days we didn't find her. Then when it died she gave up and came to the pens. We remembered seeing a wild hog trap in the woods that probably the owner's son had put there. Pepper could have got in it and didn't know how to get out or the door shut. John is always careful to tell people to put a piece of barbed wire half way up on the opening so deer or calves doesn't go in but the mean old hogs can go in and get trapped. Their old hide is so tough the barbed wire wouldn't bother them. Sooo late this afternoon we went out when it wasn't so hot to try to find the trap and see if there were any calf bones in it. We went into the mesquite and cactus but we never did find the trap. They may have taken it away or probably we just couldn't find it in the thick brush as it was old and rusty and would blend in. The cattle doesn't go into this area often so it was only a slim possiblity that we would find anything. We have given it up as a lost cause and when we got back to the house but who was following Ginger around? The big black bull, so maybe there will be a Pepper II this winter.