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It’s a Bull!

October 27th, 2009 by admin

Four years ago, just about this time of year, a three-month old calf was introduced into the 1627 Colonial Village site. She was the size of a German Shepherd and red with brindled red and black head and legs. We called her Damson (like the plum) and trained her to be an interpreter. She learned to follow commands when led by the halter or horns. She got used to being poked and prodded from all sides by countless schoolchildren. She took on the role of the heifer William Bradford called “Raghorn”.
Well, she’s all grown up now. You see, last winter, Damson spent our museum’s off season in the company of a delightful, mild-mannered, if somewhat undersized Kerry bull named B.B. Nature took its course, and this past Sunday (St. Crispin’s Day in the 17th century English Church,) Damson gave birth to a beautiful chocolate-brown bull calf- the first calf born at Plimoth Plantation since 2003. Mother and calf are currently resting comfortably in the animal pen next to Mr. Brewster his house.
Both are healthy and well and would love to entertain guests.
-Jonny Larason, Agricultural Exhibits

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3 Responses to “It’s a Bull!”

  1. Jenny says:

    Congratulations! :)

  2. Golf Cart Steve says:

    and a delight to all the guests who come to visit.
    Today I watched 3 young boys and their mother as she explained why the mother cow was so protective as the boys hovered near trying to feed the young bull.

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