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The pencil feeling things are on each side of her tail. Push down with your finger to feel for them there, has nothing to do with fingers going all the way around.

Her udder isn't tight looking yet.
But that isn't always a tall tail sign.
But with most it gets super tight.

Definitely getting there, but not quite ready yet.

Has she had any discharge?
You would see more of that when she gets closer.
Amber long clear tube like discharge means she is in going to kid.
 

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They cannot function with ligaments gone for more than 24 hours. They're essential to their anatomy and holding things together back there.

Generally, when it's suspected they are gone, but they aren't, they are way down laying on the thurls. Many people have the wrong assumption that they're only up by the tail and when they are gone, that you can feel around the tail, that's incorrect. They feel just like 2 pencils as described. As the pregnancy progresses they will spread apart and lower themselves. Slowly softening in the process. There is a distinct mushy feeling, tail set, and tailhead placement, when they are truly gone.

I had a doe that dropped and was hollowed at the tailhead a bit for a few days, maybe a week, before actually losing her lig, doubling her udder, and kidding.
 
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