The last 48 hours have been very telling for our Fab Five Kindness Kids. Little Jimmy who we suspect is not more than a week old has taken to the bottle, albeit it is more of a guzzle than a suck. His picture perfect innocence instantly warms the bitter cold. Jimmy is the smallest of the three white/grey kids in the group. The biggest fellow is Ray, he is stoically determined to refuse our kindness and flees at every opportunity but he is eating grains and grass and is doing well. The middle sized fellow is dear Chris who developed the most amazingly huge abscess overnight. He was rushed to veterinary care this morning to have it lanced and is now on a course of antibiotic injections and twice daily flushing of the wound. Such painful treatment will make it even tougher to penetrate his fear of humans but rose petals are proving a good bargaining tool!
The largest of the kids is the brown and black striped Juwan, and he is priming himself to be the tough guy. No sissy is this one, and no lap will he nurse from. We suspect this guy may have designs on being the leader. So that leaves dear sweet Jalen. At first we thought Jalen too wanted to be a tough street boy, but the delicious scent of warm milk quickly melted his resolve and he is proving to be a trusting gentle soul who loves his bottle, cuddles and kisses. Sadly only two of the five are sufficiently comfortable drinking from the bottle for us to persist, the other three worked themselves into such a state that any gains made from the milk would be lost due to the resulting stress. The plight of our Fab Five is compounded when one considers nature’s way would have seen the kids weaned from their mothers at around 5-6 months, yet circumstances beyond their control sees them all motherless and under two weeks of age. So for now it is a waiting game as we gain their trust and see their will to live come to the fore along with their unique personalities.
A fab five indeed!
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