New kids on the block arrive in Surrey
PUBLISHED: 12:10 02 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:10 02 April 2014
Twins are an unusual occurrence in goats but Surrey Wildlife Trust are now celebrating the arrival of two new kids on the block.
“They were born on a lovely afternoon last weekend,” says SWT ranger Jo Saunders.
“Within minutes, both were up on their feet and enjoying their first feed from mum. Female goats have the impressive ability to choose on which day to give birth. Warm, sunny days give the newborns the best chance of a healthy start in life.”
The currently unnamed pair form part of an expanding herd of Traditional British goats, which help to provide a long-term sustainable grazing solution to threatened heathland and chalk grassland sites across Surrey.
During the summer the goats control invasive scrub on Wisley Common (one of the Trust’s premier heathland reserves), while in winter a small band of the goats travel to Betchworth Quarry to carry out similar work on a chalk grassland reserve.
To celebrate Surrey Wildlife Trust’s grazing team are asking members of the public for name suggestions starting with the letter ‘D’.
Send in your name suggestions via Surrey Wildlife Trust’s Facebook or Twitter accounts.
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