I am constantly amazed at the things I learn from goats. This latest one is a good case in point.
We have just purchased two new bucks. They are five months old and cute as a button. They arrived on different days, several days apart, and yet the response from all my goats was the same.
I have 3 adult female goats, and five young female goats who range in age from 4 months to 3 weeks old. It didn’t matter if it was an adult or one of the babies in their response to the new arrivals.
When a new person arrives into an already established group of people the normal response with adults to let the new person sit alone until someone is brave enough to make the first move. Sometimes this happens the same day or it can last longer. With children the response is usually a stand offish action and then to slowly mingle and play with the new arrival in a matter of a few minutes.
However, I found that with my goats it was very different. When we arrived with the new goat, they immediately stopped what they were doing and rushed to greet the new arrival. Sniffing noses, smelling and surrounding the new goat. Then as a group they all moved off, new arrival included, to do what they were doing before.
The new comer was a new comer no more. He was included in the grazing and invited to join in eating leaves from the trees. When, several days later, the other new goat arrived he received the same treatment from all the goats with the previous new comer in the welcoming group.
We now have no new goats in our herd. Why can’t people be that accepting of each other I wonder…?