New kids on the block

New kids on the block

#Animals, #Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo

Posted on 20th July 2018 by Media Relations

Taronga Western Plains Zoo welcomed two healthy miniature goats at around 3pm on Friday 29 June 2018.

The twins, a girl and a boy, were born to mum Caramello and are the second pair of goat twins to be born at the Zoo in the last month.

“Both the twins and mum Caramello are doing well. The labour itself was slow, which is not uncommon, with both kids being born within hours,” said Keeper, Sasha Brook.

The kids are both white in colour like their mum, and are already standing, jumping and running around.

Keeper Sasha Brooks said, “Caramello was in labour for a while so I went over to give the Lion Pride Lands keeper talk, and by the time I returned they had been born.”

The twins are part of a herd of nine adult goats and 13 offspring. The goat family has already adjusted to the arrival of the new twins, and the babies themselves are even beginning to play with the other young kids.

The two sets of twins have been spending a lot of time together already. Over the next few weeks, keepers expect the kids will start to gain enough confidence to start climbing over the low fence division between the different yards.

The twins are already on exhibit and can be seen during the school holidays in the goat kraal, located in the Lion Pride Lands precinct.

The Masai Village goat kraal exhibit is a great place for families to touch and interact with the goats. This exhibit shows visitors how close African communities live with their goats who are their livelihood.