[QUOTE=Marlin;3374252]Twelve is one incredible steer. Two weeks ago last Friday Missey was out doing chores early in the morning. She sends me a text and says "Please come out".
I scurry out and as I get to the front of the barn where the three steers are inside eating, I see Twelve facing me with a black rubber strap hanging from his right eye. Yep, hanging from his right eye. I was taken back to put it mildly.
I approached him for a better look and the 'S' hook from a black rubber tie-down had gone through the lower half of his eye lid and come out next to his eye ball. The other end of the strap was just hanging down from the eye, no hook on it, the strap had broken
What? . . . The end of a 12" strap with the hook attached is protruding from the right eye. Gasp!!
I approached, he back away, out of reach. I them pretended to have a cookie for him, he loves the cookies you feed to horses. He then came towards me and I grabbed the strap near the hook and pushed it back, out of his lower eye lid. There was no blood, the hook had missed the eye.
We were not sure what to do. None of the steers are halter trained, friendly enough treat some way. Me, I’m recovering from abdominal surgery just a week prior and in no condition to wrestle with a frightened steer. (Additionally I was not feeling particularly well, later we realized I had the beginnings of a fever and a lot of pain. Saturday morning I ended up in the St Vincent ER.)
We committed Twelve’s healing and recovery to the Lord as there was no way we could contain and treat him.
Well, he healed and I'm healing, both of us are doing well.
God is so good to us, at times I just shake my head in amazement.
I needed to share this story, it’s quite amazing.
BTW ~ The black rubber tie-down was used to secure a couple pallets together to protect the water hydrant from the steers. They love to rub/scratch their head and neck on the end of just about anything they can find. I suspect that from the rubbing, and aging of the tie-down, it suddenly snapped and set into motion this event. You can see the pallets tied together, now with heavy-duty zip ties, in one of the pictures.
Its amazing what they will get into, they rub on anything. I was clearing out blackberries and there was a large apple tree in them and i noticed the tree was moving like something was shaking it but i couldn't see anything so i drove closer hoggin bb's. Well what was in there was my neighbors bull reaching for apples. I got to close and he took off glad i was on the tractor.
You were lucky the hook came out easy and no damage. He was watching over you. Happy to hear you are both on the mend