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The five goat kids of Ishtar’s Ark have been growing quickly,

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…and a few weeks ago, it was time for their first “outing” in the Great Outdoors outside their pen.

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Filip, one of Allis’ twins, thought the outing was very cool,

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…whereas Tilda, the baby triplet and the smallest of them all, found the concept of what she did not know very scary.

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Klara through up her ears and joined her brother to investigate,

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…while the triplets got stuck behind the great acacia trunk, causing some commotion between mother and kids.

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Once the acacia tree incident was resolved, Esmeralda immediately let the goat herd straight into the horse pen, which is the reason I did not let them out when they were too small…

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The horses however were very cool about the presence of five new goat members, and on this particular day, only Isolde took an interest.

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It’s amazing how fast a goat herd can multiply;

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…we went from three to eight in one season! The small bucks however won’t be staying, so in a few weeks again, we will be “down” to five.

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Having triplets certainly exceeded my expectations, although I knew it was a possibility, since their mother Esmeralda is a “chévre rousse”, the much-appreciated goat of the Maradi region.

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The triplets’ father Tyson is also mostly chévre rousse de Maradi.

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The entire Tysalda (Esmeralda – Tyson) Family

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Our second doe Allis (Esmeralda’s first daughter) has more Sahelian blood than her mother,

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…and the so does the father of her two twins Filip and Klara.

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I loved how the goat herd all stayed together,

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…following dominant herd leader Esmeralda.

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Antwon, the triplet boy, found lots of things to discover,

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…but once he’d venture a couple of meters away from the herd,

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…he had an excuse to run jump back.

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Filip too had lots of kicks in his legs,

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…whereas Tilda the littlest one was very sensible and stayed close to her mom at all times.

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I wondered how it would go with the horses (five goat kidlets is impossible to keep track of at the same time), but none of the horses tried to chase them, and the goat kids did their best to keep the distance to the big “beasts”.

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Eventually, after a long outing of scouting for food, it was time for the little ones to go back inside,

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…but first Filip and Klara had to try every bit of playground they found.

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Tyra and Antwon however went right back into the goat pen (where food awaited),

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…and the others were quick to follow.

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“Borta bra men hemma bäst!” (it’s good to be gone but even better to be home) was Tyra’s statement as she immediately climbed up on their wooden playgrounds and enjoyed the familiar view.

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Tilda however was cuddly and wondered if I could make her mother stand still so she could drink…

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I really like this little goat kid. She knows her name and loves to be scratched. I don’t think we ever had a goat kid that was this social, and I hope it stays with her!

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