I started getting sick the night before our baby goat was born, so I missed a lot of photo and cuddling opportunities. Luckily, just holding Lambchop up to his mother's teats for the first four
days ensured that the kid thinks I'm some kind of mother figure. So I
apparently don't have to worry about him being unsocialized.
Abigail figures that
producing milk is a full time job. While I rollicked with the younger
goats, our doe stood in the doorway of the coop and chewed her cud. Then
she took a break to head to the manger for some hay, called Lambchop
over to relieve a bit of pressure on her udder, then got back to the
all-important work of cud-chewing. She feels no need to rub up against the human.
Artemesia, on the other
hand, has been a bit attention starved ever since she stopped being the
cutest animal on our farm. She's done a good job of turning into a
gentle auntie for Lambchop, bouncing around with the kid while Abigail
stands sentry in the doorway. But Abigail has continued to act crankily
toward her coop-mate, and Artemesia was quick to lean her shoulder
against mine and settle down to soak up a little bit of love when it was
a fine line between socializing a buckling to the point where he'll be
easy to handle...and falling in love with him. But I hope that Mark's
witty name for our kid will remind us that Lambchop is bound for the
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