SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND GOATS AT PLAY

This video clip shows a yearling doe playing with a two month old buckling kid. They are every familiar with each other. They both have the same mother and bed together with the mother in the same stall at night.

There is a certain restraint in the movements of the yearling. Toward the end of this encounter things get a little more serious and another adult female intervenes.

The background sound that you hear is the sound of a frustrated adult buck that has been separated from the does while they are raising the kids.

Goats spend a great deal of their leisure time competing with each other. It appears that they are establishing their position in the herd. This position is flexible and changes over time depending on circumstances such as age, the introduction of other goats into the herd, or becoming a mother with kids.

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Posted on April 11, 2013, in Psi Keep Center for the Arts, San Clemente Goats and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. These goats are very cute. It is interesting how the adult female intervenes. I’ve noticed that most animals want to keep the peace (though there are the trouble-makers…) I don’t have any goats or any creatures like that, but I get to see the interactions with animals (and a lot of hoofed animals) at Safari West. 🙂

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