Kaity Siegel holds Pepper, a week-old kid abandoned at a retention farm across the street from Siegel's Cottonwood Farm in Crest Hill. A second goat, Oreo, 4 weeks old, was also abandoned and is now living at the farm. | Supplied photo
Updated: June 18, 2013 8:26AM
What was he or she thinking?
That’s what Paul Siegel, owner of Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm in Crest Hill, would like to ask whoever abandoned two baby goats in a retention pond across the street.
“If the gentleman over there flying his RC plane hadn’t heard them and reported it to the police, the goats would have become a nice meal for the coyotes,” Paul said. “They never would have survived the night and we couldn’t have saved them.”
So far, both goats, which appear to be female, are thriving. Because of the close age difference, Paul said, the goats did not have the same mothers.
Oreo, the eldest, is 2 months old and eating hay and oats and drinking water. The all-gray Pepper, just a week old and abandoned with part of the dried umbilical cord still attached, is reluctantly drinking reconstituted formula for goats.
“She really was taken away from her mother too soon,” said Kaity Siegel who, along with her brother Zach Siegel, brought the abandoned goats to the farm. “We’re feeding her four to five times a day but she’s not taking as much as we’d like. If she doesn’t eat enough, she might not survive.”
Fortunately, Kaity said, one of the employees is experienced with bottle-feeding newborn farm animals. A mother goat and her kid also live at the farm, but her milk has already dried up, so that won’t help Pepper.
The baby goats offered no resistance to being captured. Kaity offered Oreo some grain and Oreo immediately began eating it straight from Kaity’s outstretched hand. Pepper was too weak and too little to object.
For now, Oreo and Pepper are living separately from the other animals at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farms, which also includes sheep and llamas. Visitors may view Oreo and Pepper but no other contact will be allowed until they are older.
The Siegels plan to keep the goats.