Champagne Charlie was born two months prematurely and was so weak, his poor little legs couldn’t hold him up; they kept crossing at the knees, making an X shape instead of II! Tracy bottle fed him hourly for the first few days, much to the chagrin of his mother, Beauty. Now Beauty is a confident and competent mother, Charlie is her third cria and she thinks she knows what she’s doing. When Tracy first tried to feed Charlie, Beauty growled, spat and generally made herself a bit of a nuisance, but once she realised that Charlie couldn’t stand and feed from her, she understood what was happening and let Tracy feed him. She did however continuously growl and put her mouth on top of Tracy’s head so that there was no question of who was in charge! Within three days, Charlie was strong enough to feed from Beauty and so human intervention was no longer needed. He is now three months old, big for his age and extremely rambunctious!
This is Charlie at less than one hour old. Beauty is on the right and his sister, Fantasia, is on the left.
Once he’d dried off and had something to eat, it is much easier to see his colouring, very pale fawn with slightly darker patches.