the mini goats can keep the mini ponies company
March 2, 2009 9:59 PM Subscribe
"It's going to sound weird, but she is my kid.
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I'm going to fight to keep her," Kevin said. "She's second-generation. Her mom was a house goat."
The Krug family of South Milwaukee is fighting to get an exotic animal permit for their suburban housepet, a 50 lb, 18 inch high Nigerian Pygmy goat.
According to the US National Pygmy Goat Association
: "The Pygmy Goat is hardy, alert and animated
, good-natured and gregarious
; a docile, responsive pet, a cooperative provider of milk, and an ecologically effective browser." Pygmy goats have a small but dedicated following as both housepets and show animals, and are also thought to be excellent companions for horses. Pygmy goat associations exist in Canada
and Great Britain
. Smaller regional clubs exist in Nevada
, North Carolina
, New Mexico
, and Oregon
(but not Wisconsin) - local dwarf goat groups may be a better place to ask about the legality of a house goat in the suburbs than a livestock breeder.
Originally imported from Africa between 1930 and 1960, pygmy goats include both achondroplastic dwarfs (forming the foundation for African Pygmy Goats
) and pituitary hypoplastic dwarfs (forming the foundation for Nigerian Dwarf Goats
Pygmy goats have also been crossbred
to create mini dairy goats
, and mini fainting goats