A tale of life….

Back in 2001 at Liar’s Lake we had a young bull born that had all of the promise in the world.   We named him Liar’s Lake Wazimu, (Swahili for insanity take that where ever you want).  This young animal had it all, size, height and horn.   In 2003 he went to the Colorado State Fair and the All American Watusi Shows  where he was the Grand Champion bull of both events.

WAZIMU MAY 2004

WAZIMU MAY 2004

That year and 2004 we exposed a few cows to him  and then let greed win over and sold him.  (I made the mistake of putting a price on him to the wrong person who recognized his potential)   By the time his calves started developing and looked phenomenal he was already gone.  The few that we had in 2004 and 2005 were bulls with the exception of one female.  All of his calves were huge horned, several being bulbous.  The single female, Liar’s Lake Sudan, was beautiful but slow to mature so we did not expose her until she was a 3 year old.  We then exposed her to JHF O’Rambo Thunder bred by the Richard and Pam Jackson of Water Valley, Kentucky.  His dam was the well known cow O’Hara, a double Rambo granddaughter.  I was excited at the genetic combination.

Liar's Lake Sudan at six years of age

Liar’s Lake Sudan

On August 5, 2009  Sudan produced a nice solid red heifer calf but neither one thrived.  Bit by bit both mother and daughter lost weight.  It was soon too late to pull the calf so both were placed in a TLC pen for full feed and care.  Sudan maintained her weight and fully raised the calf, but the calf remained slightly small.

After weaning we kept the calf up and watched her closely, apparently too closely.  She was nick named Sallie, which stuck to her, and she lived with practically every type of critter with the exception of watusi.  Sallie matured slowly and did not show any interest in cattle or bulls so she became a roving mascot.  Actually, Sallie is a pain.  She is always in the way.  She is aggressive at the feeder, pushes people around to get herself petted and enters every open gate she can get near to.  Because of her insistence on attention she gets put into a pen quite often.  This last winter was no different, with the exception that I put her in with my TLC cows and the bull.  I joked that if she was capable of breeding, spending the winter with a young bull should prove it.

Sallie with her donkeys

Sallie with her donkeys

Sallie did not show any signs of being in season or being bred, however one day I did notice that she was a little pouched out in the back and her bag looked a little swollen.  She still did not look very bred even then so when I got the call one morning that she was attempting to calve I was somewhat surprised.  The next surprise was the trouble she was having trying to deliver.

Kori King and Steve Winship with Sallie

Kori King and Steve Winship with Sallie

In a normal calving the calf is presented in an upright position with the head and both front feet entering the birth canal together.  When there is a problem that makes it difficult or impossible for the calf to be delivered by the cow without assistance it is termed dystocia.  This can present in many different ways and for different reasons.  Sallie, who herself has always been different, tried a rare one.  The calf was presenting correctly, however, the head and one foot were exiting through the anus and the other foot from the vulva with skin and tissue between them.  I had heard of this before but had never seen it or known of anyone that had dealt with it.  I immediately started looking for help, not an easy task in the Ozark’s on the first day of deer hunting season.

The calf was partially out, but very stuck.  Jim Maggard, who had found her, did attempt to push the calf back inside to re-position it, but this was to no avail.  The calf did flinch however. which meant she was alive.  He did manage to get her tongue loose as it was trapped under the calf’s chin inside.  The vet’s office was in the process of doing an inventory on their trucks and had all of their contents strewn over the parking lot.  Thankfully when Dr. Linn www.ozarkveterinaryclinic.com heard that the calf was still alive he literally threw  what he needed into his truck and headed right here.

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Mama sewn up afterward.

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A hung up heifer.

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Calf’s first time on ground.

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Dr. Linn starts the procedure.

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These photos pretty much speak for them selves.  It was quite a job and when the vet’s attempts to deliver the calf normally failed he was forced to do an episiotomy (yes, just like on humans) and pull the calf.  It being winter and rather cold outside it was pretty much a community project to clean and warm the calf and care for Sallie.  Thankfully, after some time mom and baby have bonded and all is well.

The next step was to name the baby.  One of the helpers said that the sun came out as soon as the baby hit the ground so Sunshine went into contention.  Another suggestion was some thing along the lines of Pain in the Ass or Butthead, both for obvious reasons.  Jim won the day though when he claimed naming rights since he found her first.  He says that she took a wrong turn even before she was born so she became Liars Lake Maleficent.  Here four months later Sallie is still a pain and just as friendly and the calf wants nothing to do with any of us, so much for gratitude.

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Eland born

We have another new addition today, a baby eland.

new male 6-16-16This little guy and his half sister who is now two months old will be at the Lolli Bros Exotic Sale www.lollibros.com on July 8, 2016 in Macon, Missouri.  This will be a rare opportunity to purchase young, gentle bottle babies.

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Liars Lake Flotsam, Watusi Herdsire

We are introducing our young watusi herdsire, Liars Lake Flotsam. For those that are unfamiliar with the word, Flotsam it is defined as marine debris in the water that was not deliberately thrown overboard, often as a result from a shipwreck or accident.  We had two bull calves that were very similar so they were named Flotsam and Jetsam (deliberate debris).  That said this young bull has his first few calves on the ground and as with all watusi calves we are anxious to see how they develop.  His bloodline tells it all.

Liars Lake Flotsam

Liars Lake Flotsam

Pedigree: Liars Lake Flotsam


Sire
LIARS LAKE WAZIWAMA WWAFP2454
Sire
LIARS LAKE WAZIMU WWAFP20454
Sire
LIARS LAKE SAN DIEGO WWAFP1597
Sire
FP-BUSCH GARDENS, FLORIDA
Dam
FP Okanagan Game Farm, Canada
Dam
LIARS LAKE LOLLIPOP WWAFP1397
Sire
LIARS LAKE KENYA JIM WWAFP448
Dam
TANZANIA WWAFP392
Dam
LIARS LAKE WAMBA WWAFP1781
Sire
MAN DINGO WWAFP1290
Sire
VALENTINO AWIRFP10
Dam
PINA COLADA AWIRFP33
Dam
LIARS LAKE ADVENTURE’S JACKIE WWAFP1479
Sire
ADVENTURE WWAFP566
Dam
JACQUELINE WWA911
Dam
LIARS LAKE SARATOGA WWAFP2167
Sire
LIARS LAKE SERENGETI ADVENTURE WWAFP1692
Sire
ADVENTURE WWAFP566
Sire
GREAT ADVENTURE WWAFP125
Dam
KRYSTLE WWAFP364
Dam
LIARS LAKE SERENGETI WWAFP582
Sire
LIARS LAKE KENYA JIM WWAFP448
Dam
LIARS LAKE SHUKALOU WWAFP602
Dam
LIARS LAKE SHENANDOAH WWAFP1272
Sire
CONGO WARRIOR WWAFP527
Sire
SHADOW’S WATUSI PRINCE WWAFP432
Dam
Great Adventure Park FP
Dam
LIARS LAKE SAKUBONA WWAFP651
Sire
KING LOUIS WWAFP359
Dam
LIARS LAKE SHUKA WWAFP462


 

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MEMPHIS BELLE, WWAFP1284

Sometimes a special animal comes into our lives and sometimes they are even cows.  I am afraid that I will lose this cow soon, so I have her in the forefront of my mind.  I purchased her as a two year old, in 1996 from Don Zavislan.  I was excited to get a female with so much connection to the Memphis Zoo Bloodlines as they were pretty phenomenal for those days.   Her bloodlines go back to original imports all the way back, including Lions of Longleat in England which only exported a few animals.  The Memphis Zoo program has ended, but they lurk in the background of many of our current animals.

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Pedigree for Memphis Belle, WWAFP1284
Watusi

Sire
Adventure WWAFP566
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Great Adventure WWAFP125
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Memphis #2 WWAFP251
Sire
FP Okanagan Game Farm, Canada Sire
Dam
FP Okanagan Game Farm, Canada Dam
Dam
Memphis #3 WWAFP252
Sire
FP Okanagan Game Farm, Canada Sire
Dam
FP Okanagan Game Farm, Canada Dam
Dam
Krystle WWAFP364
Sire
Peppy WWAFP352
Sire
Rare Animal Survival Ctr,Ocala, FL-sire
Dam
Rare Animal Survival Ctr,Ocala, FL-dam
Dam
Burlap to Satin WWAFP356
Sire
Rare Animal Survival Ctr,Ocala, FL-sire
Dam
Rare Animal Survival Ctr,Ocala, FL-dam
Dam
Miss Memphis WWAFP825
Sire
Memphis 24 WWAFP254
Sire
Memphis 2 WWAFP251
Sire
Rare Animal Survival Ctr,Ocala, FL-sire
Dam
Rare Animal Survival Ctr,Ocala, FL-dam
Dam
Memphis 12 WWAFP253
Sire
FP WATUSI SWEDEN SIRE
Dam
FP WATUSI SWEDEN DAM
Dam
Skipann WWAFP637
Sire
Lions Of Longleat LTD England sire
Sire
UNKNOWN FP SIRE
Dam
UNKNOWN FP DAM
Dam
Lions Of Longleat LTD England Dam
Sire
UNKNOWN FP SIRE
Dam
UNKNOWN FP DAM


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Watusi cow and her friend

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Foundation pure watusi cow Liars Lake Akiki loving on her miniature donkey buddy. We were being photo bombed by another watusi cow as well.

Upcoming Watusi herdsire, BWS Renegade

We can hardly wait for this guy to grow up.  This is BWS Renegade, WWAFP4540 by BWS Bwana Junior, WWAFP3079 and out of Heiken’s Ark Susanna, WWAFP2922.  We purchased Renegade the day that he was born and are waiting for him to grow up and add his mark on Liar’s Lake watusi stock.

BWS RENEGADE AT 12 MONTHS OF AGE

BWS RENEGADE, WATUSI ANKOLE BULL  AT 12 MONTHS OF AGE

The people of Liar’s Lake and friends…..

Eland for sale

We have a beautiful and very tame female currently on the bottle available at the present time.  She was born on April 27 and is doing 100.  $3500.00.

Today’s new addition (May 4) is a huge bull calf out of a gentle cow.  He will be mother raised unless someone wants to bottle him from today.  Available to bottle or at weaning.

Tippy's bull calf

Lemur Adventures

Just some photos of the daily life of lemurs at Liar’s Lake.