Emmylou kidded Friday morning. She’s a first-time mama and she gave us a very pretty little doeling. In these photos she’s just a few hours old.
The little kid was up and bouncing around in no time, nursing well and trailing happily behind her mother.
A beautiful addition to the day.
She gave us a bit of a scare Sunday evening. When the goats all came up to the barn for the night, Emmylou’s kid wasn’t with her. Some goat mothers (like deer) will hide their kids when they’re very young, coming to them when it’s time to nurse. Our goat Rhiannon hides her kids like that, but then sometimes forgets where she left them. We lost two of her kids to coyotes that way. Because it was her first kid, we didn’t know what kind of mother Emmylou is. We were worried that the kid was lost and would be in danger overnight, so Cherie and I set out to find her. We searched the pasture until it was too dark to see, then gave up for the night hoping to find the kid with her mother in the morning. But the next morning, she was still missing. So I searched more, looking everywhere I could think to look, but without luck. I feared the worst.
Then, a few hours later I looked out into the pasture and Emmylou and her kid were walking together as if nothing had happened. I’ll give her credit for having hidden the kid well.
Last night was rainy and stormy. Luckily Emmylou chose to bring the kid into the barn rather than hide her in the pasture.