Help came quickly to a neighbor in need
--by AndiCas, posted Jan 30, 2016
Today has been an exciting day. I have a small herd of goats, and it's kidding season. Goats generally give birth independently, and only once before have I had to assist. But as I was taking them out for their walk this morning I noticed that one had a little head sticking out behind. Further investigation also revealed a little foot. Aaarg! - intervention required!
After some efforts to find the second leg I decided I needed help and we telephoned a neighbour, a wonderful soft spoken man who used to keep goats but seems to have a way with all animals. He arrived within minutes, slipped his jacket of and got to work whilst I held and comforted Mummy Goat. He too was not having any success at finding that second leg, but I could see that he was doing what I'd been doing instinctively so I took back over as I have smaller hands.
Finally I located a tiny shoulder blade and on my second attempt I was able to pull the leg around and the little kid into the world. Whilst I was checking that Mum accepted him and all was well my neighbour patted me on the shoulder and quietly slipped away.
So this a shout out to my neighbour, Ze, the kindest man who came out to assist at a moment's notice without any to-do and slipped away again just as easily.
Mum and baby doing well :)