Holiday special delivery at zoo: Three miniature goat kids are born

Just in time for the holidays, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo has welcomed a special delivery — Nigerian dwarf goat triplets.

The two males and one female baby kids now are on exhibit. The zoo is open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. during the school winter break, except on Christmas and New Year’s days. The zoo will close early on New Year’s Eve day (last visitor admitted at noon).

The baby goats’ mother, Cupcake, is two years old and their father, Rodney, is a year and a half old. The baby goats, known as "kids," are all healthy and happy. They join two additional kids, a male and a female, born in early November.

"What better present could we get?" asked Beardsley Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. "Visitors coming over the holidays will enjoy seeing five kids playing and jumping around together in the farmyard."

Eventually will go to Rhode Island

The five kids will be at the zoo in Bridgeport through this spring, at which time they will be transferred to their new home at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, R.I.

The young miniature goats eat hay and grains, and will spend the next few months nursing. The kids are not named as of yet. Rodney is the father of all five kids.

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

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.

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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