When Riverside County CA animal control officer Abel Buenrostro set out to rescue a female goat near Perris he never expected that by the time he took her to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus he had no idea that he would actually be delivering three animals by the time he got there some 25 minutes later.
“I thought to myself, wow, this is crazy,” he stated. “During my 7 years on the job, this is the first time a goat gave birth on my truck.”
Although Buenrostro was well aware that she was pregnant when he picked her up, he had no idea just how far along she was.
“I guess she was ready to go once we started driving,” he added. “When I opened my truck compartment, she was such a sweetheart. You could almost see it on her face: I’ve got my babies.”
Staff at the shelter do not believe the mama goat was dumped, but rather she may have wandered off to have her kids in a private spot. However, if no one comes forward to claim her, she and her babies will be put up for adoption.
The average domesticated goat reaches puberty when they are only 3-15 months old, depending on breed and nutritional status. However, most breeders generally prefer to wait to breed females until they have reached Many breeders prefer to postpone breeding until the doe has reached nearly 2/3rds of their adult wait. Once pregnant, the nanny goat usually delivers her babies within 150 days, with twins being the norm, although single and triplets are also common.
According to the goat dairy industry, “freshening (coming into milk production) begins at kidding.” While the amount of milk production can vary due to factors such as age, breed and diet, most dairy goats produce between 1,500 and 4,000 lb of milk per 305-day lactation, although first time milkers may give somewhat less.
For more information about recovering or adopting the rescued mama goat and her twins contact the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus at 581 S. Grand Ave., San Jacinto, CA 92582 951 358-7387.