New Kids on the Block: Zoo Welcomes Two Miniature Goats
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Nov. 8, 2013) -- Never mind the boy band comeback tour. On Monday, November 4, 2013, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo welcomed two Nigerian Dwarf goat babies. The female, weighing in at four and a half pounds, is black with white markings that look like the number "2." The male is cream colored and weighs five pounds. Their mother, "Peaches," is three years old and their father, "Rodney," is a year and a half old. The baby goats, known as "kids," are both healthy and happy and welcome additions to the goat yard.
"I'm happy to report that the new kids on the block are A-OK," shared Gregg Dancho, zoo director. "These kids are high energy and were out and about in the farmyard within hours of their birth. Visitors coming this weekend will enjoy seeing them play and jump around having fun," Dancho explained.
Peaches' kids will begin to nibble on hay and grains later this week and spend the next few months nursing. The kids are not named as of yet. Another special delivery is expected sometime soon as Peaches' sister, "Cupcake," is pregnant. Rodney is the father of Cupcake's kids, too.
Visitors may remember that Cupcake and Peaches each gave birth to twins this past spring. Rodney was the father of those four goats, as well. The four young goats were transferred to Louisville Zoo in Louisville, Kentucky in August.
About Nigerian Dwarf goats
Nigerian Dwarf goats are miniature dairy goats. The milk produced by these goats has higher butterfat content than their larger counterparts and tastes much sweeter. A doe (a grown female) can produce up to two quarts of sweet milk a day. Most females will grow to around 18 inches, while males can reach 23 inches. They weigh just around 75 pounds when fully grown and can be a full spectrum of colors, from black, brown, and white to spotted or striped. Bucklings (young males) may be fertile around 7 weeks of age, while mature females can breed as early as 8 months of age. These goats can breed year round as the gestation period is approximately five months.
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is closer than you think and 362 days a year from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $12.00, children (ages 3 -11) and senior admission (62 and older) is just $10.00, and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members also are admitted free. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge.
For more information about Connecticut's only zoo, visit www.beardsleyzoo.org.
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