Kidding Around at Beardsley Zoo
October 23, 2014
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo has recently experienced a Nigerian Dwarf Goat baby boom! Six goat babies were born: three on Friday, October 10th and three on Sunday, October 12th!
Photo Credits: Shannon Calvert
‘Peaches’, who is four and a half years old, gave birth to one male and two female kids. ‘Cupcake’, also four and a half years old, gave birth to one female and two male kids. ‘Rodney’, at two and a half years old, is the proud father of all six. The ‘kids’ are all healthy, happy and welcome additions to the goat yard. This is the third set of kids for both moms.
"These kids are high energy and were bouncing around the farmyard within hours of their birth. Visitors coming this month will enjoy seeing them play and jump around having fun," explained Gregg Dancho, Beardsley Zoo Director.
The yet-to-be-named kids will begin to nibble on hay and grains later this week and spend the next few months nursing.
Visitors can enjoy a visit to the Farmyard, at the zoo, to see the newest arrivals.
The Nigerian Dwarf Goat is a miniature dairy goat breed of West African ancestry. Originally brought to the United States, on ships, as food for large cats such as lions, the survivors originally lived in zoos. Nigerian Dwarf Goats are popular as pets and family milkers due to their easy maintenance and small stature. Nigerian Dwarf goats are gentle and easily trainable. This, along with their small size and colorful appearance, makes them popular as pets. They are popular in petting zoos, and their small size and gentle nature make them excellent visitor animals for nursing homes and hospitals.