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Friday, June 22, 2012

Lofa and a Raggedy Man arrive at Apifera

So much happened between the sixteenth day of June and the seventeenth day that I haven't had time to digest it all and share it in proper form. A couple hours before Pino Pie Day began in earnest, two new arrivals landed on Apifera soil for the first time.

Their charriot was a Mini Cooper and their chauffeur was none other than Northern Mother - our name for Ellen of New Moon Goat Farm & Rescue. She had brought us two more needy pygmy goats. I guess it is fair to say they are the first animals to arrive at the farm in such style.

Lofa is the most bow legged little fellow I've ever seen. This is often brought on by neglected feet and poor nutrition of which he has both. But all in all, he is a sturdy little gent and a real talker. He has a very distinctive voice, sounding very similar to a lamb. His hair is the blackest I've seen on a goat, and his front teeth protrude in an under bite. But he is a lover lover lover. He is fitting right in, not afraid of anyone, not too pushy, and the minute I enter the barnyard he is calling out to me. Loves to be petted.

His sidekick came with the name Gandalf like the wizard in the "Hobbit". It's easy to see why they named him that with the beard he has, and while there is nothing wrong with his name, I began calling him Raggedy Man which fits him perfectly. It also fits his new home which honors all things "raggedy".

Now Raggedy was a buck and recently became buckless so he still has a bit of stinkiness to him. He is a bit timid right now and it appears perhaps he'd been hit a lot. His coat and skin aren't great due to poor nutrition and he's very thin - his backbone is sunken. But we'll get some weight on him in time. His longer hair will drop off now that he's debucked. I hope he doesn't lose that beard, but I guess it can happen once they are wethered. Within a couple days, Raggedy Man already is taming up, and stands to have his face stroked. I've left the collar on him for now so I can catch him and stroke him each day. He is not afraid of the pack, but does rely on Lofa as his go to man.

To see all these short statured creatures waddling about - it's a smile maker. I'm so glad to have them here and hope they live long lives with us. These two are our tenth goats we've adopted from Ellen and New Moon. It all started with Old Man Guinnias who lives on in each adoption.

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