Goat Life

Our family had a wonderful chance to see baby goats at Harley Farms in California. Their website keeps a tally of the number of goats born. The total has doubled after only a few weeks.

We were amazed to see baby goats that were about the size of our cat. Newborns walked around on wobbly legs. Goats already a few days old hopped in a funny sideways direction. One resourceful goat escaped under a fence to join us on a pathway through the barn. However, like all babies, the goat soon tired of its escape plan and plopped down on the straw for a needed nap.

During the cold rain and wind of that February day, all the goats had come into the corrugated metal-walled barn. All of the rain on metal sounded like popping corn. Goats were being born even as we walked around.

Each female goat, or doe, usually has two baby goats, or kids, at a time. Twins are no problem for a doe, because she can produce sixteen glasses of milk a day. Around the world, goat's milk is more commonly drunk than cow's milk, because goats are more easily raised in a variety of settings.

Some goats are bearded ladies. I thought that only male goats had beards, but in further reading, I realized that both male and female goats can have beards.

Goats are great climbers due to their love of mountainside habitats. They will even play a game where one goat acts like the king of the mountain and other goats try to knock him off. True to their original rocky habitat, goats eat roots, berries, leaves, shrubs but do not eat much grass.

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