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FML - The follow-up

Today, a calf kicked a needle straight into my arm hard enough to make me stab myself. The good news is I'm now fully vaccinated for cow diseases. FML

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hey op here, wow the things city people don't understand! First off, each and every calf must be vaccinated or they could become Ill.Second I wasn't in front of the calf, the person holding the calf let go of it unexpectedly
By ihatecoldfeet - / Sunday 29 March 2015 08:54 / United States - Lavina
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By  organizse  |  28

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By  HeWillBeLoved105  |  22

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A calf, which is a baby cow, was going to get shots to protect it from diseases. But the baby cow kicked the needle away from it making the owner accidentally stab them self with the needle. Hope I cleared things up a bit.

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  boating_guy  |  33

OP was trying to vaccinate the calf against cow diseases. The calf apparently wasn't having any part of being stabbed with the needle, and kicked in retaliation/out of fright. The needle consequently stabbed OP and OP got a full dose of cow vaccine

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  kibster9  |  20

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  Zebediabolical  |  36

Cow is a common use colloquial term for the bovines, generally excluding oxen and steers, And since language and definitions change as the common use does, (see 'literally' for a good recent example), they are technically correct.

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  kibster9  |  20

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  elyssa112  |  6

Really ? Who cares . A calf is a baby cow . If you look up the definition of calf it'll say that in all other words . So no he's not technically wrong . And no one asked to be corrected .. Thanks

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  kibster9  |  20

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  snoopy325  |  23

100, I've worked with cattle my whole life as well and while within our family we refer to them as heifers, steers, bulls, etc. we realize that most people see them as just "cows". There's nothing wrong with that and it's often difficult to explain the difference between the names anyway. It's silly to make people feel unnecessarily dumb (however fun it may be).

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  kibster9  |  20

My whole family also calls them by there sex or age. Which is bull, steer, heifer, cow, or calf. I am not trying to sound mean. I am just trying to teach the public who uses the wrong terminology. It is one of my pet peeves. If some one sees a group of them just call them cattle, or if you see just one call it one head of cattle. That is the most correct term to use.

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  kibster9  |  20

Also, cattle doesn’t have a singular form, aside from the technical term head of cattle. There isn’t a single word that means specifically a single cattle of unstated gender and age. As such, even though it’s technically inaccurate, cow is generally used in informal situations as the singular form of cattle. But even though a lot of people use cow as the term they are still wrong.

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  kibster9  |  20

Also, I have shown this thread to over five people and they all agree with me. Everyone that I have shown has grown up on a farm and is in college majoring in agriculture.

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  Mazie_B  |  7

My friend and I, both horse geeks, partnered up to read a passage in 5th grade. We literally both started crying when they referred to a filly as a colt....

By  devildog562  |  33

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  devildog562  |  33

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I imagine he only stood behind it because that was the area he had to give the shot. Either way OP said the guy holding the calf let go so it's not like OP was carelessly standing behind it, knowing the power of the calf

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  kk21days  |  13

#39, OP probably was going to give the injection IM in the hind end. Cows can also kick out to their sides which is refered to as "cow kicking" so OP could have been kicked even if they weren't positioned directly behind the calf.

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  isisorchid  |  16

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  bethers_  |  22

No, they're actually not. The syringe is the plastic part with the pump that holds the substance being collected or dispensed. The needle is fitted into the syringe.

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  Brandi_Faith  |  31

Seriously though op, you should probably see a doctor or even question a vet about that, to make sure you won't get sick from the needle/vaccine! I imagine you could have some nasty side effects from stuff like that. Especially if the calf weighed more than you.

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  thathobothere  |  15

It begins with simple things. One's hair goes black with grey patches, and develop a rubbery reproductive organ and a butt hair problem. Then they have to resist the urge to eat dirt for fear of getting called a hippie. At this point they are long gone. Soon they develop a white-and-black body hair problem, begin peeing out of their buttholes and develop what is disturbingly similar to a cow tail. Their nails become hard and black and long and wide (That's what she said, one might add) and they are shorter. The next day is when the transformation is finally complete. Source: Come here and I'll show you where I found out... And I'll show you my syringe collection!

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  kibster9  |  20

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  CooperRage  |  13

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  Tsula1994  |  13

Actual both a female and male baby cow are known to be called calves. Unless the male was castrated before puberty changing it to steer, calf is correct.

By  FitFriday  |  31

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  CooperRage  |  13

When I was still on the farm, I treated plenty of cattle. It's easy to learn. obviously OP didn't have the calf in a chute or tilt table which adds to the difficulty.

By  Chicagoillinois  |  18

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Some livestock needles are like little guns, there's a trigger you pull and it quickly injects the needle and vaccine. Also, I think the FML was more to do with the fact that he was stabbed with a giant needle (since cow's have thick hides their vaccines have much bigger needles than ours)

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