Poor old Froggie.
Our ‘bear-of-little-brain’ goat has been bullied so badly today, I’ve actually had to remove her from the company of the rest of the Milkforce & segregate her with the more diminutive Hooligans, who don’t pack quite so much power behind their caprine punches.
Even out on the pasture today she was getting pushed around but at least could escape the seemingly relentless persecution & be happy in her own simple little world; but once the goats went to bed this evening they renewed their assault: biting her, butting her & at one point our big matriarch Wolfie even used her teeth to pick her up by the udders, & flung her across the pen – I’ve never seen anything like it. After that, I couldn’t risk leaving her with the Milkforce any longer.
However it would be all too easy to anthropomorphise the other goats’ behaviour, & label them all as ruthless, merciless bullies. But in the wild, it’s highly unlikely Frog would have survived this long; because her erratic behaviour would have doubtless attracted the unwanted attentions of predators – & the Milkforce know that, & therefore don’t want her around as she’s a threat to the rest of the herd.
We’d hope she’d mellow with maturity but of late she’s been getting worse; this year she not only rejected her newborn kid outright, but didn’t even seem to comprehend she’d given birth to her, at all. And other indicators which suggest some sort of mental disorder – such as repetitive behaviour, stress etc – have been becoming increasingly obvious.
Added to those issues whilst she produces sufficient milk to make a reasonable ‘house goat’ her overall yield & milk quality simply isn’t up to the same standards as the other girls; & in spite of getting more grub than the others she still looks like a furry excuse for a hat rack, apparently lacking their more efficient metabolisms.
But despite all that, she’s a nice-natured, simple, chatty, sweet lady who for now has been forced to ‘pen-hop’ in with last year’s female kids – although to my dismay I noted that even they’ve been having a go at her; & she’s not fighting back….& if we separate her altogether, she’ll only get even more stressed.
Oh, dear. Not the brightest of futures for our poor Frog, I’m afraid. Anyway we’d be very grateful for any helpful suggestions to improve matters for this lovely, simple lady…..