Twist of fate sees goat kids saved from the knife

2015-08-20 15:52
(Picture: Kitty and Puppy Haven)

(Picture: Kitty and Puppy Haven)

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Johannesburg - A farmer planned to slit the throats of two new-born goat kids because he had no use for males that could not produce milk.

But in a weird twist of fate, a Midrand animal shelter’s search for animal colostrum (nutritious first milk) for a newborn lamb led them to the Benoni farm and resulted in their rescue.

Kitty and Puppy Haven founder Samantha Berger said "hysteria set in" when she heard about the kids, and she went to fetch them on Tuesday. 

“They are absolute cuties. They are still on bottles, but they are so domesticated and suck on your fingers,” she said.

“It breaks my heart that people think they are worthless and want to slit their throats. At least I know I have got them and they are safe.”

It all started when the haven’s veterinarian assisted a neighbouring property with a ewe that was in labour on Friday.

The vet successfully extricated a lamb, but it was not breathing. They eventually revived her and put her on medication and ventilation because she was ill.

“We tried taking her back to her mother for milk and she kicked her. Mommy wasn’t taking her back and if we didn’t get colostrum in the next 24 hours, she would die,” Berger said.

She desperately phoned her contacts and they tracked down a farm which had goat milk. 

Suzie the lamb eventually got the nutrition she needed, and the kids were saved.

The young ones have joined an ever-increasing, bustling farmyard.

Berger said the farmyard was home to rescued pigs Babe and Butch, as well as another lamb and at least 30 bunnies.

She would most likely put the kids up for adoption as she anticipated rescuing other kids in similar situations in the future. 

The black and white one has been named "Billy", but his fluffy white brother still needs a name.

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