Pygmy goats often give birth to multiples and raise them on their own, but recently a friend’s goat decided three babies was too many and rejected one of her kids. My friend found this poor little baby freezing and starving in her barn. The only option for his survival was to bring him into the house for a few days to warm him up and start him on a bottle.
When goats are newborns, they require feedings several times a day. My friend couldn’t take the baby to work so I volunteered to goat sit for a few days.
The job was fun in the beginning, but it become more challenging as the baby grew stronger. He no longer wanted to stay in his bed and would wander all over the house. Often I had to have my dogs help me find him.
Not only did the baby become very efficient at hiding, but his messes started becoming bigger too as he ate more. I decided a homemade diaper might slow him down. I was correct that he moved slower, but he still managed to evade me and hide from time to time.
I finally gave up and decided maybe the dogs would play with him and wear him out a little bit. I took off the diaper and let the goat and the dogs roam the house, but the dogs are older and not very active.
I think the baby was starting to think he was a dog. Check out the video below in which he interacts with the dogs and even closely investigates a dog toy.