Well well well. It worked after all.
I refer, of course, to Matilda's gentle acceptance of Polly as her own calf. We knew this was accomplished this afternoon when we caught Polly greedily nursing -- and Matilda was perfectly happy to allow it!
We call Matilda our "universal donor" because she will willingly nurse any calf she can. It doesn't matter if they're hers or not -- she just likes to donate her milk. Polly, as you can imagine, had been snugging up to Matilda ever since we got her -- but it took a few days for the bond to complete. Now we expect to see Polly nursing a LOT. The poor kid missed that nice warm milk!
Here's Matilda with a calf on either side -- happy as a clam.
What was funny was when Thor decided he wanted to be on the same side as Polly.
But Polly wasn't budging! She wanted that milk!
We'll still keep Polly in her own pen at night. She's old enough to wean; Thor is not. Matilda easily has enough milk for two calves, but Thor should get an advantage. But I'm glad for Polly's sake that she has a new mama.