Zoo's new baby goats bounce into Family Farm exhibit
No kidding around. Three 2-week-old goats— all three named for Supreme Court justices — jumped into their new roles Wednesday, Feb. 7, as part of the Oregon Zoo's Family Farm exhibit.
The goats were born Jan. 20 at a local farm and adopted by the zoo. Until Wednesday, they were settling in at the zoo's veterinary medical center, with staff feeding them with bottles and providing 'round-the-clock care.
"Each of these little ones was born into a set of triplets," said Tanya Paul, who oversees the zoo's Family Farm animals. "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 three newcomers, Nigerian dwarf goat Ruth, named for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is already a Facebook video star, bouncing around the vet center. "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."
The two other kids, a pair of floppy-eared Nubian goats, were named Elena and Sonia after RBG's fellow justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.
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. The goats will spend part of their time on Metro's open land in rural Clackamas County, helping control brush control at the zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation.