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.