The felons are at it again!

When we last checked in with our wayward goats, they were busy ripping down fences and eating our neighbor’s expensive bushes.  They escaped from their pasture three days in a row.  They spent most of the weekend penned into a smaller enclosure while I made desperate phone calls to every farmer I knew to see if there was some goat orphanage that I could drop them off at.  No takers.  Flash forward to this week.

Apparently, our goats are more unhappy than I originally thought.  They have begun bullying and assaulting our three month old ram – that cute and cuddly guy who just went through the ugly ordeal of castration not even two weeks ago.  The goats used to like him and his sidekick, Millie.  They still welcome Millie into their herd, but, as far as I can tell, a ram that is not longer “in tact” is an embarrassment.  “He must go!” is the rally call that I’m hearing from our back pasture.

It all started with a suspicion.  My inkling was later confirmed when I walked into the barn and witnessed Wally, our biggest goat, cornering the baby and head butting him.  Once she had him on the ground, she proceeded to pounce on his neck.  I shoved her away.  The ram just lay in the dirt, eyes rolling back.  It took a while, but I got him to come around and managed to get him upright.  As he tried to walk, his legs buckled a bit.  Then I noticed he was turning in right circles – unable to look to his left.

I was furious.  I immediately put the goats in isolation then called the vet.

For the second time this month, the vet’s red truck rumbled down our driveway.  After a full poking and prodding, he furnished me with two conclusions:  1.)  That the goats felt that the lambs were compromising their food source and 2.) that the ram had torn ligaments in his neck and would need about two months for a full recovery.  Then he proceeded to do a bit of chiropractic magic on the little guy.  Thankfully, he could walk in a somewhat straight line but his neck was still shaped into a perfect S.

So, after three escapes and an assault, I’m still where I was at the start.  Two sheep (one now in need of TLC and spinal adjustments,) and three delinquent goats in need of greener pastures.  Any takers?

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  1. Anonymous
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 14:38:18

    OMG Kristina ….so sad ….but got to tell ya, kinda funny too!!!! i want to head to the farm right now and hug the little one and scold the goats ( like that would help ) well keep us posted on the rams condition and good luck getting the goats into the circus or whatever as they apparently have their own little disappearing act down pat !!!! love , wendi

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