Bambi 2004-2016

We got Bambi from an elderly woman we befriended in Bellingham.  She had bred one of her Nigerian does to our buck Cody, and Bambi was one of the results.  She had brought him to be castrated and disbudded by a vet, but his horns grew anyway.  She really did not want to deal with horns so we took Bambi.  She was being forced from her home of many years by expansion of the Guide-Meridian street in Whatcom county.  We were helping her by buying and recycling the barn siding as well as getting some of her rabbit hutches, her rabbitry signs, and a plastic Christmas tree.  

Here are photos of Bambi in 2005,


in 2009,


in 2011 (failing to learn to pack),

bambi and sparrow pack training with llamas watching

and in 2014.


He has always been a skittish goat but never caused any problems.  Yesterday when I went out to the barn two of our goats Zeus and Billy and our llama Walker were all attacking him.  He was trying to get away, but they were just pummeling him.  I do not know what triggered this.  I had not seen violence like this before.  I moved Bambi into a pen with two small goats.  He could walk fine, fake butted the little goats and ate some grain.  So I thought maybe he escaped serious internal injury, but this morning he was dead.  A very sad Valentine’s Day event.  But Tom said he thinks Bambi had a good life here despite its violent end.  

In better VD news, Tom bought me a nice bouquet of flowers and a sweet card.  I bought him some local artisan chocolates.  

valentines presents

We are planning on cooking a nice dinner with tenderloin steaks from our Highland bull with baked potatoes and asparagus.  We will have nice wine and cider.  And I made a Key Lime pie for Tom for dessert.

key lime pie

And I made a Quinoa Chocolate Cake for my dessert.  If they are good I will post the recipes.

quinoa chocolate cake

So it is a day of death and romance on Schoonover Farm.

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5 Responses to Bambi 2004-2016

  1. Donna says:

    Dinner and dessert were amazing. The baked potatoes came from The recipe for the Quinoa Chocolate cake is at The recipe for the Key Lime Pie is no longer on the web.

  2. Michelle says:

    How very disturbing to come upon such violence in the herd, and to lose Bambi as the result! That would haunt me, I’m afraid. Glad you had a lovely celebration with your sweetie. Will have to check out that cake recipe!

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Michelle. It is still disturbing. I am not sure what to do about it at this point. We did put down a goat once because it had killed one of our other goats but it was obvious that he was mean tempered over a period of time. I have not noticed that with these goats or llama. Enjoy the cake!

  3. Liz says:

    Wow, that must have been quite difficult to witness, then to lose Bambi. I’m sure he had a great life with you, and by coming to share his life with you two, you helped the elderly woman in her transition, as sad as that sounded like that situation was for her.

    Can’t wait to convince my daughter to make that cake! Sounds delicious.


    • Donna says:

      Thanks Liz. It was difficult particularly since we were trying to give him a good life and it ended so poorly. The cake was really tasty but upset my stomach. Maybe too rich for me.


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