Beardsley Zoo welcomes two New Kids on the Block (as in baby goats)

Never mind the boy band comeback tour, because Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo welcomed two Nigerian dwarf goat babies on Nov. 4.

The female, weighing in at 4.5 pounds, is black with white markings that look like the number "2." The male is cream colored and weighs 5 pounds.

The baby goats, known as "kids,” are both healthy and happy and welcome additions to the goat yard. Their mother, Peaches, is 3 years old and their father, Rodney, is 1 year old.

"I'm happy to report that the new kids on the block are A-OK," said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. "These kids are high energy and were out and about in the farmyard within hours of their birth.”

Dancho said visitors to the zoo in Bridgeport, located just off Route 8, will be able to see them play and jump around having fun.

Have not been named yet

The two kids will begin to nibble on hay and grains, and spend the next few months nursing. They have not been named as of yet.

Another special delivery is expected sometime soon as Peaches' sister, Cupcake, is pregnant. Rodney is the father of Cupcake's kids, too.

Visitors may remember that Cupcake and Peaches each gave birth to twins this past spring. Rodney was the father of those four goats, as well. Those four young goats were transferred to Louisville Zoo in Kentucky in August.

Dairy goats produce sweet milk

Nigerian Dwarf goats are miniature dairy goats. The milk produced by these goats has higher butterfat content than their larger counterparts and tastes much sweeter. A doe (a grown female) can produce up to two quarts of sweet milk a day.

Most females will grow to around 18 inches, while males can reach 23 inches. They weigh just around 75 pounds when fully grown and can be a full spectrum of colors, from black, brown and white to spotted or striped.

Bucklings (young males) may be fertile at about 7 weeks of age, while mature females can breed as early as 8 months of age. These goats can breed year round as the gestation period is approximately five months.

About the Beardsley Zoo

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Adult admission (ages 12 older) is $12, children (ages 3 -11) and senior admission (62 and older) is $10, and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members also are admitted free. Parking at the zoo is free of charge.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. This includes Amur (Siberian) tigers, Brazilian ocelot, red wolves, and golden lion tamarins.

Other highlights at the facility are the South American rainforest and free-flight aviary; prairie dog exhibit with “pop-up” viewing areas; New England Farmyard with goats, cows, pigs, sheep and other barnyard critters; hoofstock trail with bison, pronghorn and deer; indoor carousel, and outdoor picnic grove.

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