My brother has two goats, and when I was visiting in November, Zebra was very pregnant and was expected to give birth soon. I happened to be back in town again this week and stopped by his house to drop something off and this adorable creature was there to greet me!
He didn't move other than to stretch his legs or move his head. I think they are supposed to be able to stand up right away like horses do. I realize now that should have been a clue that things weren't as well as I hoped they were. :( After I left my brothers house, I was gone for several hours and assumed things would be progressing for the good with the kid. Later that evening I got back to my parent's house, where I was staying, and my sister-in-law was there. I asked her how the kid was doing and she said he didn't make it. I'm so sad! I thought for sure he would be okay. My poor nephews were devasted. And poor Zebra (mommy goat). My brother and sister-in-law are pretty sure Zebra had mastitis and that the kids died because they picked up the infection from her and that's why they died. I just hope Zebra will be okay. It seems to be a pretty common occurence in goats from what I tried to find online.
I was so excited that Zebra had her goats and I took 25 pictures of the baby boy goat. I was all set to blog about it so I could show everyone the pictures. But then my happy cute goat story was blown apart when the poor dear died. I don't think I could ever raise animals like that. It would be too heartbreaking to have to go through things like this! At least with dogs and cats they are domesticated enough to be easier to take care of.