Thursday, May 13, 2010

R.I.P. Layla

Another sad morning on White Flint Farm as we had to euthanize one of our goats.  Layla had been down for over a week and, while initially improving, she showed no signs of healing.  There were several problems that we could not overcome - she couldn't stand, she was pregnant, she had difficulty eating, and she had some neurological damage.  Yesterday I saw signs that she was going to go into labor soon but this morning nothing had changed.  Late this morning I did an exam and determined that she had been in labor all along but just didn't have enough strength to deliver the stillborn baby.   

Farm life is hard - it has joys and sorrows.  The worst part for me is the animal deaths; I'll never get used to it.  I see my animals as individuals - they each have their own special personality.   Layla was a very shy but extremely sweet and gentle goat.  Earlier this year she had an upper respiratory infection that I treated and we bonded over that.  She will be greatly missed.

Although we lost Layla, we did gain Prudence, Rhiannon's baby.  The circle of life continues on White Flint.

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