Gone

30 Apr

I came home on Thursday and noticed Antigone and her little girl snuggling together.  I asked her where Spuds was, but wasn’t too worried. He’s often off with other goats.

Antigone and Spunky

But when the herd was heading back out to pasture and I saw Spunky nursing without her brother, I worried.

Spunky

Actually, I didn’t worry.  I already knew.  But I went everywhere and searched every nook and cranny where he might have gotten stuck, but he was just gone. Coyotes.

This is a direct result of the neighbors tilling and planting corn-on-corn and tearing out waterways allowing all that debris to wash out my fence preventing me from keeping my goats off the back part of the pasture where coyotes can lurk in the woods and just grab a kid.

Spuds

I now have everyone on the front pasture.

The four boys are in the small pen off the buck room.

Benji, Frodo, Freddie, and Xerxes

My hope is to spend Sunday getting the fence fixed so they can go back out on the front half of pasture.

9 Responses to “Gone”

  1. janicead April 30, 2022 at 6:51 pm #

    So sad. Thoughtless neighbors.

  2. Foss Mountain Farm April 30, 2022 at 7:13 pm #

    Damn. Poor little goat. I’m sorry for your loss

  3. Mary Ann April 30, 2022 at 10:23 pm #

    Oh, Teresa, I am sorry. On Thursday afternoon, I stepped out the front door and glanced into my pasture. A coyote was sniffing at my brush pile. I ran back into get the big camera and when I ran out, one of the cats was flying up the pasture, coming though the cat hole in the gate. My annual summer sheep boarders are due any day…but no lambs this year, thank God.

  4. Jeanne May 1, 2022 at 12:41 am #

    Teresa, I’m so very sorry about this! It’s so sad. I hope it doesn’t happen again.. You have my sympathy.

  5. Eileen Wise May 1, 2022 at 5:05 am #

    Oh no, that is sad news Spuds is missing. It is possible he could still show up safe?

  6. citylightspygmygoats May 1, 2022 at 10:00 am #

    I would be furious and heartbroken. I’m sorry

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