brg_admin | Aug 1, 2019 | 0
Zoo News is Good News: New kids on the block
By Oregon Zoo Staff
Some adorable baby goats made their Oregon Zoo debut last month, joining the resident chickens and adult goats in the zoo’s Family Farm area.
The tiny new arrivals, born Jan. 20 at a local farm and adopted by the zoo, had a one-week settling-in period at the zoo’s veterinary medical center, with care staff providing them bottle feedings and round-the-clock care.
“Each of these little ones was born into a set of triplets,” said Tanya Paul, who oversees the animals at the zoo Family Farm. “Often, in these situations, mom is not able to provide all her kids with enough nourishment, and in some cases, they are rejected outright. We’re very glad we could raise them here at the zoo.”
The smallest of the newcomers, Nigerian dwarf goat Ruth, has already caused quite a stir. A behind-the-scenes video of her at the vet center — looking as wobbly as Bambi and as bouncy as a jumping bean — went viral last month, with more than 10 million views on the zoo’s Facebook page.
“She’s tiny but mighty,” Paul said. “Even though she’s the smallest, she’s definitely the leader of the group. She’s very playful, spunky and daring.”
Keepers named the diminutive kid after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who, though small of stature, is known for her fearless, fiery personality.
A kid’ll eat ivy too
As the new arrivals are weaned, Paul said, they will learn to eat wild vegetation, including invasive plant species like English ivy and Himalayan blackberry. Eventually, the goats will spend part of their time on Metro-owned open land in rural Clackamas County, assisting with brush control at the zoo’s Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation.
“That will be great for both animal welfare and species conservation,” Paul said. “It will be an enriching new experience for the goats and at the same time it will help our efforts to save critically endangered California condors.”
For more information and to register for camp, visit oregonzoo.org/camps.