Press Release: 02/27/2013

New Kids at Oakland Zoo

Contact:
Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR
(510) 632-9525 x130
nmora@oaklandzoo.org

Oakland, CA February 27, 2013

Last week, one of Oakland Zoo's goat residents, gave birth to four healthy baby goats, called kids. This is the first time the Oakland Zoo has had kids in about fifteen years, so it is a very special occurrence.  

Annie, mother goat, was dropped off at the Oakland Zoo last October in need of a home and Zoo staff agreed to take her in as a rescue. Since Annie's family lineage is unknown, keepers are not sure what breed of goat she is. It is believed that there is Nubian Dwarf and possibly some Pygmy in Annie, but it is difficult to say for sure.

The Oakland Zoo does not breed their goats and Zoological Manager, Margaret Rousser, states why. "We do not normally breed goats here because, like many companion animals, there are plenty of goats out there that need good homes. Annie was one such goat, but she was already pregnant when she arrived, so this is a rare opportunity for us to enjoy kids! Annie has been a fantastic mom so far and we are very proud of her."

Annie gave birth to two male and two female kids. Their names are Jeffrey, Maggie, Cowboy, and Norma Jean. The babies all weighed between 1.3-1.8 kg at birth. They will nurse for a few months, but the weaning process is slow. The kids will likely be eating some solid foods in addition to nursing for quite some time.

One of the females, now named Maggie, was born with minor problems in the tendons of her hind leg. This prevented her from being able to stand on her own at first, but veterinary staff took proper action and splinted this leg which has allowed Maggie to stand, walk, and keep up with her siblings. She no longer needs her splint, so it was taken off yesterday, is doing great, and is having no trouble keeping up with her siblings. It is expected that the tendons will continue to strengthen as Maggie gets older.

Mother Annie and her kids will be separated from the rest of the herd for an undetermined amount of time to allow them to bond and to give young Maggie's leg time to strengthen before being introduced to the herd. 

The public should note that they are able to see the four kids, but they are not in the actual ‘contact’ yard for the time being.

About Goats
Goats have a variety of color patterns from light to dark to mixed. They are ruminants, which includes any even-toed hoofed mammals. A goat's digestive system will break down just about any organic substance, but their diet consists of mostly plant based materials. The gestation period of a doe, a female goat, is about 150 days long. Twins are the most common and quadruplets are much less common.  

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:

The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks.

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