So, the other day Chris went for a walk in Guana Bay with lil’ Rog. Guana Bay is on the other side of the island and there is a really lovely path there that we like to take, and we can also take lil’ Rog as well, so he is happy.
Chris left for the walk and all was good, and then about an hour later I got this phone call.
“Hey Chris, what’s up?”
“You’ll never guess what I have in the car.”
“OK…. what’s in the car.”
“A baby goat.”
“Why do you have a baby goat in the car?”
“I found him on the path at Guana Bay. He was just laying in the sun, I thought he was dead at first, but then when Roger went over and it moved. I just couldn’t leave it.”
“Ok… what are we going to do with it?”
“I don’t know, it probably won’t even survive, it looks like it has just been born. I’m on the way to the vet now.”
“OK… Let me know what happens.”
So, Chris, Billy and lil’ Rog went to the vet together. Roger wasn’t so happy as his walk stopped pretty short when Chris found Billy. The vet said that Billy was probably only about a day and a half old and that mom’s often leave their kidd’s if they have more than one, or if something is wrong with the baby. Billy even still had his umbilical cord attached. He got some vitamins and the vet gave Chris some instructions, but also warned him that maybe he wouldn’t survive.
Then Chris came home with Billy. Billy was super little. We tried to feed him with a bottle, but he didn’t like it, so we sort of had to force his mouth open and then squirt in the milk from the bottle into his throat. He didn’t like it, but it was keeping him alive.
This went on for a few days and then all of a sudden Billy started drinking from the bottle. A lot of people have been asking me “What do you feed him?” Well, the answer is…. Goat Milk. We get goat milk at the supermarket and then heat it up, put it in the bottle and Billy drinks it. Apparently you have to bottle feed baby goats until they are 3 MONTHS OLD!
Roger was a little perplexed in the beginning about Billy, but I think as soon as we showed that he was part of the family, he quickly accepted him. Here they are kissing on the coach and down by the boat.
Of course sometimes Roger chases Billy, he just can’t help it. Billy doesn’t seem to mind though, he is happy being chased and has started to ram Roger with his head. Which is really funny!
We are not sure what role Billy will take at the diving center yet. He is pretty good at landscaping… and also swimming. Just look at this video.
When you are here next, make sure that you come by and say hi to Billy. I will post some more updates about him soon!
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