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When kidlings attack!

A month ago, Santa Cruz Animal Services confiscated a couple dozen sheep and goats from a live market/slaughterhouse. They arrived at the shelter in varying degrees of poor health. Six of those goats and two sheep arrived at our sanctuary soon thereafter. They had seriously overgrown hooves, hoof rot, pneumonia and all were moderately-severely underweight. Sadly, we lost one of the goats to a horrendous stifle and lung infection. On Saturday, our one pregnant mama gave birth to two healthy kids. We NEVER get to see a natural relationship between a mom and her babies, so it is truly a joy watching how it's done! All the babies who ever come here are abandoned or removed from their moms soon after birth.

Here are some pictures of the baby boy goatling, baby girl goatling,Adele, Millie, Jessica, Annie, Virginia and Etta. Lucy was camera shy, so no photos of her. Enjoy!  
MOOOOOOOM! This is baby goat boy. His likes include towels, leaping to and fro, and head butting goats fifty times his size. Dislikes includes being away from his mother and when his sister gets the good nipple.

Adele is the mama checking in on her baby girl kidling. Her likes include snuggling with staff, pretending to eat hay, looking like an alien and being picked up. Her dislikes include her brother and wasps.
Life is very hard. Woe is me, baby boy goatling.
This is baby boy kidling taking on skinny-minnie Millie. He's pretty tough. Millie has squishable waddles.
Towels for the win! Baby boy goatling thought this towel was pretty darn neat.
So neat, he fell asleep.
Who is this creature?!? Triangle-face, check. Buggy eyes, check. Must be baby girl goatling, champion of the alien goats everywhere!
Again, bad lighting, my apologies. But is she not a shiny beacon of adorable?
Yes. Yes, she is.
Annie and Jessica spending some quality time together (which they do a lot).
Jessica showing the woodpile who is boss (she is).
Etta resting her big, precious sheep head on Virginia


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Jun. 17th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
Adorable goatlings! I've always loved goats since we had some while I was a small girl.
Jun. 18th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Goats are popular with visitors. We love them b/c they are the clowns of the barnyard. :)
Jun. 17th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
We are looking at a few acres in eastern ontario.
I think I would love to have a few goat friends. Goats are the funniest critters ever.
Can you just get a regular horse farrier to trim their hooves, or.. well.. how does that work?
(I promise I will educate myself on the proper care and housing of goats before I consider adopting a goat. )
Can I come adopt one of your goats? I promise I will not let anyone eat it, even if Grimm asks very nicely.
Jun. 18th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
We trim their hooves ourselves, it's pretty easy to learn to do.

Goats are definitely a lot of fun!

We're not sure if we're going to adopt these girls out - they actually have a zoonotic disease called orf that will probably diminish their chance at adoption. (I'm kinda okay with that, cuz I'd really like the sanctuary to keep them!)
Jun. 17th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
lovely pictures! thank you for sharing the cuteness.
Jun. 18th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
The cuteness needs to spread WORLDWIDE!
Jun. 17th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! The headbutt picture is by far my most favoritest. SO CUTE.
Jun. 18th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Baby boy goatling is king of head butts. Millie is so gentle with him, even though she's not his mom. Lucy, however, tends to fling him in the air if he tries to head butt her...he's learned to stay away from her. :)
Jun. 17th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
they are so beautiful!!! how lovely...
Jun. 18th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
It's going to be a joy watching them grow up!
Jun. 17th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
I want to work with you. I want to see these neat animals every work day.

Beautiful photos, by the way. :]
Jun. 18th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty stoked that I get to work with these critters every day. :)

Thank you!
Jun. 17th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
oh gods i love me some baby goats!
Jun. 18th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
So cute! Truth be told, I'm a bit wary of goats ever since I was bitten by one as a kid (no pun intended), but these look very sweet.
Jun. 18th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
I should say: Not that I think goats are bad or anything! It was just one of the childhood traumas that stick with you.
Jun. 18th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
It's probably wise to be wary of goats! While ours wouldn't ever bite anyone, we have a few who will sneak in a headbutt when you least expect it. :)
Jun. 18th, 2008 08:17 am (UTC)
I'm speechless. holy crap.
Jun. 18th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Goat babies have that kind of effect on people.
Jun. 18th, 2008 08:48 am (UTC)
Precious goatlings!
Jun. 18th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
I know! I have to cuddle them like fifty times a day. They are annoyed by this.
Jun. 18th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
BABY GOATS!!! They are so darn cute. And your pictures of their cuteness are stunning.
Jun. 18th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! Goatlings make picture taking SO fricking easy!
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