New Kids in Goat Yard at Zoo

Date: 
Thu, 05/02/2013

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - May 2, 2013 - On Monday, April 22, 2013, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo welcomed two female Nigerian Dwarf goats. Their mother, "Cupcake," is three years old and gave birth after a five-month gestation period. Their father, Rodney, will celebrate his first birthday in June. The baby goats, known as kids, are both healthy and happy, and welcome additions to the goat yard.

"Mom and kids are doing quite well and are a favorite with visitors already," shared Gregg Dancho, zoo director. "Cupcake is very protective of them and likes to hide them in the exhibit, so visitors may have to look hard to see them," Dancho explained.

Cupcake's kids will spend the next few months nursing and will begin to nibble on hay and grains later this week, as well. The kids are not named as of yet. Visitors may expect another special delivery sometime soon as Cupcake's sister, "Peaches," is expecting kids of her own. Rodney is the father of Peaches' kids, too.

About Nigerian Dwarf goats

Nigerian Dwarf goats are miniature dairy goats. The milk produced by these goats has higher butterfat content than their larger counterparts and tastes much sweeter. A doe (a grown female) can produce up to two quarts of sweet milk a day. Most females will grow to around 18 inches, while males can reach 23 inches. They weigh just around 75 pounds when fully grown and can be a full spectrum of colors, from black, brown, and white to spotted or striped. Bucklings (young males) may be fertile around 7 weeks of age, while mature females can breed as early as 8 months of age.

For more information about Connecticut's only zoo visit www.beardsleyzoo.org.