We think Zeus was born in 2006. We think he was at least part Alpine. We do not know much about his early life. He was brought to New Moon Goat Rescue in November of 2010, and we adopted him with a La Mancha goal Lil in February of 2011. Here are the photos of them from that day:
And here they are being introduced to the flock after quarantine:
We got them (and slightly later Billy) hoping they would be pack llamas. Here are our attempts at pack goat training:
And here is our one and only packing trip with Zeus and Billy:
We ended up up not going very far and mostly the goats wanting to lay on the trail and we had to pack the weight. So that was the end of all of our goat packing days.
Here are random photos of Zeus in his “retirement”:
But age had been catching up with him. He had no molars for chewing hay. We had been supplementing him like we do all the older animals with grain and wetted alfalfa pellets. But after a while that was not working. So we started spoiling him with cookies, pies and donuts in a special warmer pen next to the other goats. But yesterday he could not stand up. So I hugged him, gave him one last snicker doodle and we said good bye before putting him down.
This is an especially hard death. Zeus was a very special goat, and the farm will not be the same without him.
Such a regal animal, and fortunate to be so loved and cared for. RIP Zeus; hugs to your people.
so sorry Donna. Sounds like yesterday was really tough. Zeus was such a friendly, handsome guy – and he had a great retirement at your place. RIP Zeus.
Donna, I’m sorry! It’s so difficult, when we have to lose a beloved animal. He was certainly beautiful!
Thank you Jeanne. He was.