Meet Matilda

white innocentMatilda is the sweetest little heifer calf you could ever hope to meet. Matilda's Mum is Mrs Mac a Miniature White Galloway cow. Miniature cattle are smaller than most cattle, but Mrs Mac is still a big strong cow and she loves Matilda like there is no tomorrow.

Matilda is a very 'lucky to be alive' little heifer calf. When she was only weeks old she got very, very sick. One day  Matilda was feeling kind of yuk and the next day she could hardly walk.

Luckily one of the Cuddle Cow Carers found her laying down on her own and feeling very sorry for herself. Straight away the Carer ruffled and ruffled Matilda's coat until she found what she was looking for - a big fat Paralysis Tick. Those things are deadly and they can kill a Cuddle Cow calf if no one finds them and pulls them off.

Touch & Go

Well, the Carer pulled the tick off and went to get help. Matilda was sick for days and days. The Carers knew that it would be 'touch and go'. They knew how very sick Matilda was, and if they didn't get it right, she would die.

It was difficult to decide whether to take her into the vet surgery. The Carers had taken a heifer called Sugar in to the vet the year before and her life was saved. But it was very difficult to get Sugar's Mum, Sweetie Pie, to accept her calf back. She didn't think her calf looked or smelt right.


Sugar with her alpacca coat on when she came home from the vet clinic.

When calves are sick from a paralysis tick they can't keep themsleves warm. So, when Sugar was sick the vet nurses put an alpaca coat on her to keep her warm. Unfortunately, that meant Sugar smelt different when she came home and her Mum Sweetie Pie was confused.

Sweetie Pie didn't think little Sugar was her calf anymore and wouldn't look after her. Sugar was getting very hungry ... and sad. The Cuddle Cow Carers eventually worked out how to make Sugar smell right and everything turned out fine.

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Sugar in the paddock with her Mum recovering after three days at the vet surgery.

Anyway, the decision was made to keep Matilda home in the paddock and care for her there. A series of Vitamin C shots, lots of homeopathic remedies and lots of fluids and frequent massage was the treatment (all administered with large doses of love and affection).

Every day the Carers went into the paddock five or six times. Each time, they lifted Matilda up, massaged her legs, moved her and lay her back down in a new position. They made a sling out of a towel so they could hold her up while they massaged her and gave her homeopathic medicine. They also used the sling to carry her into the shade. Even very little calves are heavy.

Mrs Mac and Matilda's paddock pals all watched with great interest as Matilda was being looked after. Blossom in particular was very concerned. 

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Matilda laying in the sun after a leg massage.  Blossom is watching over her little friend and she is keeping a very close eye on the Cuddle Cow Carers... You can see that look on her face. It says "She is my friend so careful you two, I am watching you!"

Early one morning the Carers were walking across the paddock and saw a stork getting really close to Matilda, who was asleep and hadn't been able to move all night. Matilda opened her eyes and got such a fright she toppled over on her side and let out the biggest calf bellow. The whole herd heard her distress cry and came thundering down to protect Matilda. Of course when they got there, all they could see was the two Carers. So, they gave them a dirty look, watched them closely for a couple of minutes and then wandered off again. All except Mrs Mac, she hung around and kept a very close eye on things.

The Carers gave Matilda lots of needles in the bum too! Matilda hated it... until she realised that the Carers were only trying to help her, not hurt her. After a few visits from the Carers Matilda worked out that she always felt better afterwards.

Matilda Can Count

Matilda even worked out that if only one of the Carers came over to her, it meant she was going to get rolled around and rubbed and massaged. But, if two Carers came - it meant a needle in the bum! 

So after a few days, when Matilda saw two Cuddle Cow Carers coming her way she would try to get up and run away. Of course she couldn't because her legs were paralysed by the tick venomBut she tried her hardest anyway. Those needles hurt. The needles were full of Vitamin C and the Vitamin C was making the tick venom flush out of Matilda's body.

Getting Better

On the day Matilda did get up and run away, she didn't get very far before she wobbled to a stop. But, the very fact that she was able to get up, meant that she was on the mend. It also meant that she didn't get any more needles in the bottom.

The Carers kept a very close eye on Matilda for another week as she regained her strength. It didn't take long and Matilda was back to her old self. Still, the Carers had to be very careful not to do anything that might make Matilda run or get distressed. So the whole herd stayed an extra week in the paddock Maltida first got sick in.

Homeopathic at 'Home' Care

From that time forward the Carers decided that the first line of cattle care would be as homeopathic and as natural as possible. It was a lot more work for the Carers but much better for the cattle. Our very talented vets are still on speed dial though - we are not taking any unnecessary chances with our precious paddock pets.

The Carers also decided to introduce some Guinea Fowl to the paddocks in an attempt to reduce the tick numbers and to add an extra source of fertiser to the mix.

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Guinea fowl on tick patrol in the paddock. A clutch of chicks appeared not long after this photo.

Keeping Close to Mum

Matilda loves her Mum like there is no tomorrow. She 'hangs out' with her Mum Mrs Mac every chance she gets. We can usually find her somewhere in the paddock 'looking and learning' with Mum. A lot of the other calves hang out with the bull watching everything he does. But Matilda prefers to stick with Mum.

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Matilda and Mrs Mac keeping cool and grazing in the remanent rainforest. Early 2013.

Matilda Growing Up Fast

Matilda is very busy munching her way through the paddocks. Here she is in the paddock doing what Miniature Galloways do best - heads down bottoms up! Maybe after being so sick when she was little Matilda feels like she has to make up for lost time.

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Last year was very wet but the pasture is super green now. Matilda grazing late 2013.

Almost All Grown Up

We love our little girls and it is such a delight to watch them grow, change, develop and mature. Unfortunately, when they are old enough to become a cow (have a calf of their own) we have to think about selling some of them. Matlida has reached that age (two years old). So, we set about finding a nice new little bull for them.

Then, it was decided that when they were in calf we would find Matilda and her paddock pal Harriet both a new home together. 

A couple of videos were posted online to help find a new home for the girls and we waited to see what would happen. Lots of people looked at the videos.

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Matilda grazing in the paddock - she doesn't mind being filmed.

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Matilda's paddock pal Harriet grazing in the paddocks mid 2014.

Just one week after Matilda and Harriet were advertised for sale a lovely lady rang and asked the Cuddle Cow Carers about buying a bull calf. Another lady wanted the little bull calf but then this lady found out about Matilda.

After a couple of chats it was decided that Matilda and Harriet would be going to live on the Gold Coast. How good it that?! Two GOLD CREEK girls going to live on the Gold Coast. It sounds like it was meant to be - well we think so anyway.


If you would like to follow one of Matilda's paddock pals in detail simply adopt a calf. Adoptions will give you access to our Adoption Centre. The Adoption Centre is where you will find all the calf journals.

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