Monday, January 17, 2011

Newborn Baby Goats

Late this afternoon we had the amazing opportunity to watch a baby goat being born. We arrived in the nick of time too as she was pushing him out as we walked in! She had already delivered two babies and they were lying in the pen nearby.

**FYI ~ There are a couple of graphic photos of the birth & placenta. I debated over including these & then decided that the experience wouldn't have been complete without these. It truly was an amazing learning time.

The third baby being born.
We could see the sack & the cord. We saw her push the baby out too.

Baby #1 or #2

Mama goat immediately got to work cleaning her baby.

After a bit she began to push out the placenta.
One of the little girls exclaimed, "That is gross!" My Elvis promptly replied to our amusement, "It's supposed to be gross. It's a birth!" ROTFL!

This was A's reaction.

Mama Goat & 2 of her babies.

Bugs watched for awhile & then ran off to play with the owner's two little boys.

I tried to take these through the stall slats. I think it blocked the flash.

This is one of my favorites.

Surprisingly the third baby was the most active. He was determined to find mama's milk! It was delightful to watch him try to stand & scoot around. We quietly cheered him on in his quest.


Feeding Mama Goat

Here she tries to help the baby nurse.

Some of the other goats.

This one was a cutie pie.

How can I resist that face?

She did a fantastic job.

Mama with her three wee ones.

Isn't he precious?

Elvis pets Papa Goat.


I was reminded again what a miracle birth is & what an awesome Creator God is.


tammy said...

Is three babies normal for goats? Seems like a good size litter. I think goats are cute...esp. those babies. :) Thanks for sharing.

Ekelund Fam said...

What an awesome experience for you all!

Megan said...

Thank you SO much for sharing this incredible experience with us!!!

Claire said...

Wow, what a cool experience! Beth would have gone nuts. She spent all of her time at the fair last fall hanging around the goats in the 4H tent.

Rhonda said...

Wow! I did not know that a momma goat could have that many little ones at one time. I have heard of no more than 2. Thank you for sharing this with us. The babies are so cute!