Our heifer gave birth to her first calf (and ours) sometime in the past 24 hours. Bull calf. Full-term. Beautiful black & white patterned hide. Also dead.
Not sure how or why. The cow is fine; doesn't look to have suffered any physical trauma, and she completed the birth, so I don't think it was a malpresentation. We didn't find the placenta/umbilical cord, but the cow doesn't look like she was nursed, either, so we don't know if the calf was born dead or died shortly after.
Edited to add: What I meant to say when I started this post is that sorrow is watching a mother who won't come and eat because she's too busy standing guard over the body of her dead offspring. Species is irrelevant.
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