The Oregon Zoo has a new baby Nigerian Dwarf Goat, and he’s absolutely adorable!
Or she. We can’t really determine the kid’s gender by looking at a video, no matter how playful and adorable he/she is. We’re gonna go with “they” for the rest of this article.
Anyway, this little guy (and we use the term “guy” in the non-gender specific sense) is so energetic they’re bouncing off the walls! Or what appear to be upturned feeding pails, which they jump on top of. It’s the most precious thing you’ll see all day.
History lesson time! The Nigerian Dwarf Goat was brought thein the 1950s where it was bred for its milk and companionship. Not a lot of eating on these goats, even if Americans were inclined to eat goat, which they’re not. But goat milk? That gets used to make goat cheese, which this breed is particularly well suited for due to their high concentration of butterfat.
Just remember: fat is where the flavor’s at.
But beyond that, they’re just very gentle, intelligent creatures, so they make great companions. If you can house them, of course, since they still need a pretty large outdoor pen, what with all the grass consumption and pooping. Also note, they can’t be house trained. We’ve tried.
Back to the movie. This little one is very freshly made as you can see they’re still twitching with the excitement of being alive for the very first time. And they’re very small. Even fully grown the Nigerian Dwarf Goat doesn’t reach much larger than 40 pounds (if they’re male), so about the same as a medium-sized dog.
At one point, they proudly bound atop an upturned pail, scaring off the two mini-Nerubian Goat kids that are playmates for the newborn Dwarf. The distinction between “mini” and “dwarf” seems to be pretty ephemeral.
If you happen to have a nice backyard and fancy an unconventional pet, there’s even a breeders association you can contact to get yourself a goat. The website has a warning, however: “Take heart, once you get hooked, there will be others as 'you can't have just one'.”