Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sad Day

This morning I went out to feed the goats as usual...and discovered that our youngest goat, Cloris, had died during the night.
Cloris was born in March, daughter of Champagne and Wang.
In case you don't remember Cloris:
Cloris is the little one to the right...she had just lost the *King of the Mountain* championship to Geordi in this picture taken a couple of months ago.

I know why Cloris died. She had gone into season far too young (it can happen...sigh) and before we discovered this, she had been bred.
She was simply too tiny to be pregnant.
I called a friend this morning after my discovery and sadly loaded Cloris into the trunk of the car and drove over to their place.
A brief necropsy and we discovered that her uterus had split and she had died of internal bleeding. She was carrying twins. Too large a burden for such a tiny young doe!
Cloris was left far out in the desert. The coyotes and birds and other scavengers will have her now.


  1. So sorry.... We lost one of our kids a few weeks ago due to bloat. By the time I found her it was too late to do anything.

  2. I'm so very sorry to hear about Cloris. Hugs to ya.

  3. Thanks to all for the sympathetic comments. It is rough, but a fact of life, that you will lose livestock. I was hoping Cloris would carry successfully, but some times, it just goes all wrong. I shed some tears, but I know that this was a hard lesson. I am building a separate pen for the buck as soon as the Darlin' Man gets back from California. I had asked him to build one before. Now he will see why it was a good suggestion. And I have learned why I have to be more stubborn when he brushes aside my ideas!

  4. It's always sad to lose one, Lamb. City folk sometimes ask me how I could eat an animal I raised. I remind them that the steaks and chops they buy at the grocery store started out life as someone's livestock. Then we lose one to some illness or circumstance and I get sad about it. The same people say, 'But you would have eaten them eventually.' They don't understand that you can raise an animal for a purpose and still love it while it's alive and want nothing bad to happen to it.

    Darling Man will see the wisdom in your suggestion now. But don't be too hard on him. He probably has a soft side too and will feel bad enough about Cloris.

    Hope the rest of your week is peaceful.

    : )


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