Hazel had her baby this afternoon, the first of the year for the goat herd. Sarah has named the kid Foxglove.
The first thing Hazel did was, like all new goat mothers, to subject Foxglove to a frenzy of licking. This licking dries the kid, stimulates her to get up, and lets the mother know the smell and taste of her youngster. No licking, no bonding. Sarah’s blog has some good video.
Within a few hours, Foxglove was up and about, even trying a few little leaps. She looks to be a strong, sassy one.
Across the path, the two young boys crowded at the fence to see the new arrival. Pretty much anything excites these little guys, so a new herd member about blew their rambunctious minds.