Zoo News – Oregon Zoo welcomes new goat kid.
Come visit our Family Farm!
A pint-sized baby goat and his mom arrived at the Oregon Zoo recently. The new kid, whose name is Bruce Wayne, can be seen most days in the zoo’s Family Farm area with his mom, Lilac.
“We’re so excited to welcome these two to the herd,” said Tanya Paul, who oversees the animals at the zoo’s Family Farm. “We’ve been keeping a close eye on Lilac since Bruce was born, and now that they’re here we can continue to make sure both mom and baby are happy and healthy.”
Bruce was born Nov. 24 at the zoo’s Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation, an offsite facility located in rural Clackamas County, where critically endangered California condors are bred for wild release as part of a federal recovery program for the species. Goats assist with brush control at the center by eating wild vegetation, including invasive plant species like English ivy and Himalayan blackberry. When Bruce is big enough, he’ll return to spend part of his time there as well.
“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.”
This new arrival makes Bruce Wayne officially the tiniest goat at the zoo. Previous title holders Ruth and Sonia, stars of the popular video series Tiny Goat Visits, are spending some time at the Jonsson Center themselves. Fans of the show needn’t worry though: Ruth and Sonia will be back, and in the meantime, Bruce might appear in a new season of the series.
To see some video of baby Bruce in action, visit bit.ly/BruceWayneGoat.