Watching the goats stampede at Beacon Hill Children’s Farm is a favourite Victoria activity, and this year visitors will see a few more billys added into the mix!
In February, Victorians helped name 8 new baby goats that were born at the children’s farm, and now the little ones are ready to stretch their legs!
One mother, “Mamma” Mia, gave birth to five kids, and the public chose their names based on the popular Swedish pop group, Abba. The children’s names are Abba, “Super” Trooper, “Dancing” Queen, Chiquita, and Honey.
Meanwhile, Victorians helped pick the names for another goat’s children, Bananas. Her three daughters are now named Muffin, Smoothie, and Sundae.
“We opened March 9th and it’s been very busy with spring break since kids got out of school,” said Lynda Koenders, Beacon Hill Children’s Farm operator of 34 years.
Besides Mamma Mia and Bananas’ children, 11 more baby goats have been born this year.
While most of them will be running in the daily stampedes, two specific billys will need a little extra time to grow before they take part.
One little goat, Dopey, named after the seven dwarves and his mother, Snow White, was dramatically born during a snowstorm and came out much smaller than his siblings. Dopey had trouble nursing with his mother, so staff have taken him under their care and bottle feed him. He will rejoin the others once he’s strong enough.
Another billy, Kermode, was rejected by his mother and will also need special attention until he is big enough to rejoin the farm. Being raised partly indoors, Kermode and Dopey have been keeping spirits high at the farm’s office, equipped with little goat onesies and diapers.
Two baby goats having fun in my office, they are raised at home on the bottle 😍😍
Posted by Beacon Hill Children's Farm on Wednesday, March 27, 2019
You can visit all of the other baby goats at Beacon Hill Children’s Farm, and cheer them on as they stampede twice a day for their breakfast and dinner.
The daily goat runs take place at 10:10 a.m. and 4:10 p.m.