Tiny Goat Visits
July 26, 2018 3:42 AM   Subscribe

Every Tuesday at the Oregon Zoo, two tiny goats named after Supreme Court Justices visit the other animals. So far, Ruth and Sonia have met seals, a porcupine, elephants, Chupacabra, giraffes, a hornbill, penguins, river otters, and an aardvark.
posted by chrisulonic (31 comments total) 60 users marked this as a favorite
 
Gaaah! The cute!!
posted by greermahoney at 3:52 AM on July 26, 2018


My small heart has grown three sizes today. 🖤
posted by SuperSquirrel at 4:23 AM on July 26, 2018 [2 favorites]


This is the cutest thing I've ever seen.
posted by merriment at 4:39 AM on July 26, 2018


Someone spoil me on what the chupacabra actually was please
posted by Space Coyote at 4:42 AM on July 26, 2018


Chupacabra was a Patagonian Mara.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 4:56 AM on July 26, 2018 [5 favorites]


Aw. The penguins were funny because the goat's were very curious, but the birds were like, "Nope! Nope!"
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit at 5:25 AM on July 26, 2018


I want a goat.
posted by slipthought at 6:18 AM on July 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


Great post! Who doesn't love a goat?
Shortly after the election disaster a couple of years ago I ditched almost all of my social media feeds that were humans talking and opted instead for feeds of cats, dogs, owls, puffins, some wildlife photogs... but mostly goats: baby goats, old goats, infirm goats, rescue goats, goats that climb trees—you name it, and I'll follow it if it's a goat. Know why? Goats are healing creatures. Goats transcend politics. Goats ground you and make you remember that everything doesn't suck. I highly recommend this approach to social media. And life. More goats = better. I could so retire and live on a goat farm.
posted by heyho at 6:24 AM on July 26, 2018 [15 favorites]


Look. By the time he died, my husky knew 9 OTHER huskies named Nanuk. I felt like if I had wanted to give him a truly unique name for a dog, I would have needed to name him John or Matt or Michael. Apparently few people name their dogs - let alone their huskies after real people names... So I sort of like the idea of naming goats with people names... but... they did this easy and went with safe, well known names - which have been way too popularized as of late...Would they name a boy goat Anthony Scalia? or are they only going with 'liberalish' judges?

All I'm saying is... if you are going to go with a theme of supreme court justices... don't limit yourself to the living ones. Go all in. Get a horde of goats... get to name one Bushrod Washington - because his parents, John and Hanna, had it right - name your kid something memorable... Also, name the boy after his mother.
posted by Nanukthedog at 6:36 AM on July 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


I have never thought of giraffes as very tall goats, but it makes a lot of sense.
posted by gladly at 6:54 AM on July 26, 2018 [2 favorites]


BABY PORCUPINES ARE CALLED PORCUPETTES
posted by soren_lorensen at 7:11 AM on July 26, 2018 [11 favorites]


These videos live in a happy, gentle world.
posted by tallmiddleagedgeek at 7:42 AM on July 26, 2018 [2 favorites]


Adorable (°◡°♡).:。
posted by the thought-fox at 8:23 AM on July 26, 2018


Apparently few people name their dogs - let alone their huskies after real people names...

My son goes to school with a totally cool kid named Banjo. He has sister named India and a brothers named Arlo and Atticus.

Their dog is named James.

I swear, on my life, I am not making that up.
posted by The Bellman at 8:29 AM on July 26, 2018 [15 favorites]


Spronking! Good on you Chupa!
posted by Malingering Hector at 8:53 AM on July 26, 2018 [3 favorites]


This chupacabra is going to be this generation's house hippo for a very specific slice of them.
posted by Space Coyote at 8:59 AM on July 26, 2018 [2 favorites]


I can also recommend another Oregon Zoo masterpiece, 58 Seconds of Baby Otters Squeaking.
posted by Hypatia at 9:14 AM on July 26, 2018 [5 favorites]


I'm also thinking I missed my calling as a zoo keeper. I wonder what their days are actually like. Are they paid well? How hard is it to get hired? I want to know more!
posted by slipthought at 9:34 AM on July 26, 2018 [3 favorites]


I'm waiting for the goat named Byron "Whizzer" White.
posted by Megafly at 9:53 AM on July 26, 2018


Now, this is what the internet was truly made for.
posted by RhysPenbras at 10:58 AM on July 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


This was just what I needed! And I have passed a playlist link along to some friends. Good job making friends, tiny goats. ♥
posted by theatro at 11:06 AM on July 26, 2018


ohhhhh my heart <3
posted by westface at 11:23 AM on July 26, 2018


Goats ground you and make you remember that everything doesn't suck.

Black Philip is pleased that you have accepted him as your one true lord and master.
posted by cazoo at 11:27 AM on July 26, 2018 [2 favorites]


zomg the goats like Frank Sinatra songs
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 11:43 AM on July 26, 2018




I'm currently finalizing my PhD thesis in animal studs and zoosemiotics. This is extremely relevant for my interests!
posted by Pyrogenesis at 11:54 AM on July 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


The Buenos Aires zoo (before it closed, because it was a sad, sad place that mistreated its megafauna) used to have Patagonian maras like Chupacabra just running around free. I went for the first time in my mid-30s and was kind of blown away that (I grew up in the northern U.S.) dozens of these goofy-ass cute, big rodents that I had never even heard of had the run of the joint, and nobody took any more notice of them than as if they were squirrels.

Then later I had a conversation with one of my Argentine friends about where I grew up. He got a giddy excited expression on his face and asked, "have you ever seen SQUIRRELS there?"
posted by dr. boludo at 12:26 PM on July 26, 2018 [7 favorites]


Goats are nice :3 If you live in Portland you can go visit the Belmont Goats, which is a herd currently stationed out in Lents! They have visiting hours, and it's super cathartic to go and relax and pet them!
posted by gucci mane at 2:00 PM on July 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


Hey, I'm going to Portland in November! Putting that on my list of things to do. Thanks, gucci mane. (We have so few goats in Chicago.)
posted by heyho at 2:39 PM on July 26, 2018 [2 favorites]


omg thanks for this, it made my day and now I'm trying to share it with everyone else I know because everyone needs to experience adorable tiny goats discovering other animals.
posted by paisley sheep at 5:13 PM on July 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


My girlfriend and I went to the Oregon Zoo this Sunday, and we got to meet/pet Ruth and Sonia! They were by far the animals we were most excited to see.
posted by bassooner at 7:09 PM on July 26, 2018 [7 favorites]


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