My father grew up on a farm and on occasion shared his childhood experiences with us. One story we loved was about the colt with floppy ears.
In most cases, an animal will not allow deformed offspring to live. It's natures way of keeping the race strong. Such was the case when this colt was born. The mare wouldn't let the colt nurse. Because its ears wouldn't stand up, she thought it was sick. Floppy ears are such a minor thing in our mind, yet the horse's instincts told her otherwise.
Daddy, along with his brothers and sisters, found a way to help the colt. They took cardboard and stuck it in the colt's ears so they'd stand up. The mare looked her offspring over, and allowed him to nurse. Fascinating, isn't it? In a few days, the colt's ears stood up on their own, which they would have done without the cardboard.
Do you have a favorite animal story? If so, please share it with us.
Linda LaRoque ~ Western Romance with a Twist in Time.
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