I Hear Goats...
This must be because Meagan and Nicole have just arrived at work or our herding obsessed dog, Sky boy (or Pupper as he is more commonly known) is near the pen.
But wait… “goats” is the plural of “goat”. Does our 9-year-old Toggenburg have some new friends?
Enter Jack Jack and Gracey Lou!! These 2 cute-as-can-be 5-month old Pygmy-something youngsters were donated to Wildworks from Underwood Farms as companions for solo Merry and as potential outreach critters. Pupper is beyond fascinated with them and so are we and…..much to our surprise, so is Merry!
You may remember that our sweet and now large female goat, Merry, was abandoned at the gate on Christmas Eve nine years ago. She was starving and sick and just a baby. We took her in and brought her back to health where she has remained ever since. We truly love her. She is smart as can be and is a kind of watch goat for us because her pen is located right at the entrance. Once I heard her stomping frantically and when I quickly went to check on her I saw what she saw—a rattlesnake making it’s way into the animal facility!! Good job, Merry!
Merry likes to walk on leash with her dog friends and she doesn’t like to walk without them. Goats are herd animals and since her arrival another goat has not come our way so Merry pretty much thinks she’s a dog and the dogs are her “herd”. The dogs like to play “get the goat” and Merry wants to head butt so it’s funny to watch them confuse each other with their opposite forms of play behavior.
But I have to believe that Merry somehow knows she’s a goat because when we introduced the new babies to her she called to them with her goat voice( which she rarely uses with us or the dogs) and now they are all housed together happily head butting and continuously feeding from their slow feeders (thank you Tricia Douglas), napping together and playing with Sky who definitely thinks that 3 goats are better than one. We do too!!
Often times goats don’t have it so good in the human world as they are most often used for their milk and meat and for petting zoos and deprived of a long happy life. They are usually dehorned as very young babies which is a painful and unnatural procedure. Merry came to us dehorned with a bloody notch in her ear so her future didn’t look so pretty. You’ll notice that Jack Jack and Gracey still have their horns and we were worried that they might stick us or Merry but they don’t. Although when there are kids around we decorate their horns with tennis balls!! Pretty funny to look at and they like to spend time trying to take them off so it gives them a baby goat project.
We know where our goats will live and thrive for the rest of their lives. Right here with us and Pupper and lucky Merry.