Cocoa is a very sweet young goat, a Nigerian Dwarf Myotonic (Fainting Goat) cross. She has extra large ears and a very beautiful face, plus she is the shyest, quietest little girl. Her coat is actually black, but in the winter she is a dark chocolately brown colour and she has two small horns, which will grow as she ages. Cocoa is the low goat in the herd, along with Daphne, and she gets pushed away from the food by all the other goats. She does not fight back, but retreats to a corner and cries. I feel so sorry for her and usually try to give her a handful of the extra good hay, and some for Daphne, who is also pushed away. The Angora goats are much larger than the little Nigerians and Pygmys and they tend to hog the food and eat more to support their larger size and demand for fibre growth that their bodies put upon them. They Angora goats do not really fit well with the herd and hopefully all but one will find a new home this summer. The goats are bred to an Angora buck, so the offspring will be tightly curled coloured versions that will shed their hair naturally or can be shorn. Little Cocoa has a quiet voice and calls to me from the corner some place. She had her hooves trimmed today and is obviously bred, though I think she will be a later kidder, likely in June. Pretty little Cocoa, you a much loved.
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