Just before midnight, Cali delivered. There were four babies in all, and one was a toxic little peanut baby (long dead premie) who we think weakened the systems of the other three babies. Two did not survive the birth, and one little 2 lb doeling was left to struggle for survival. She had a very rough start as she was very weak, but I worked with her throughout the night to get her body temperature up, tube feeding her and trying to get her to take a bottle. At four hours old she tried earnestly to stand for the first time. She was not successful. Shortly after, she had her first bottle. By nine hours old, she successfully stood up and took her first steps. This sweet little doeling is now doing very well and she has a great chance of survival. She will be reunited with her anxious dam as soon as she is strong enough.
Introducing our newest retained doeling, Lotti.