The call came from Yonkers, NY, a few weeks ago — a woman near downtown at first thought she heard a cat in heat in her yard. She called us and described a young goat the “size of a small dog.” Small dog indeed!
When Animal Caregiver Mike Patrick returned from picking up this little gal, we discovered she was less than 3 days old, only 7 pounds, much smaller than our housecat… and her residual umbilical cord was still attached. How did she end up in a fenced-in yard in the middle of a residential neighborhood? We’ll never know, but with baby goat considered a delicacy for Easter in many cultures, we suspect she may have been spared by someone from that fate.
Confused and weak from sub-freezing temperatures, she would not take the special “kid saver” milk from a baby bottle. We gave her IV fluids to hydrate her, and had no choice but to feed her via a tube run down her throat several times a day. We tried every type of animal and baby nipple available, she just couldn’t figure out how to drink from a bottle. It took her over a week to finally figure out how to suckle, and now she chug-a-lugs with the best of them.
As fate would have it, some supporters of ours heard about our new arrival and asked if she could be named Clover, after their little daughter whom they had recently lost during a very pre-term delivery. And so little, lucky Clover now has a name.
There are several ways you can help little Clover and others like her right now. You can sponsor Clover for a mere $25 a month, or make a donation towards our operating budget to help cover veterinary bills and medical supplies. And be sure to come visit her soon at the farm.
Thanks in advance for your help, and stay tuned to our website for future Clover updates.