Goats. Peculiar animals. They are very social animals, especially with each other. Hannah (our older Sannen goat) is the leader of the “herd”. Her followers are Lydia (our year old La Mancha) and Esther, Hannah’s daughter ( seven month old, who is half Sannen and, I think, Nubian). One time we decided to put Hannah in the dog yard so she could eat the green stuff (which goats love 🙂 ) and it was too much trouble to put all three goats in there. Of course Esther was calling her mama when she went out of sight, but Hannah was not happy to be without her “friends.” So…she was put back in the pasture with the others since she wasn’t eating anyway–just crying.
One other time comes to mind that shows the goats like to be together. I let them all out of the barn one morning and Hannah immediately heads for the hay I had put in the pasture. Lydia and Esther apparently didn’t see her leave. After a few minutes they are both crying their little heads off because Hannah had “mysteriously disappeared.” Instead of going to look for her though, they just stayed in the barn crying. I had to lead Lydia out to the pasture with Esther following closely behind for the joyous reunion. Silly animals, but very entertaining. 🙂