"If providence did beards devise,
To prove the wearers of them wise,
A fulsome goat would then, by nature,
Excel each other human creature." - Thomas D'Urfey

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hey, Don't Forget Me!

Well, guess what, Mr. Lah-de-dah Peanut?! I have been most graciously included on the Minter Bay Dairy Goats site as well! Just look here. See? I can be infamous too, and I go back to the ever-so-gracious Marquee and the sweetest Nubian ever born, Marty. So there!

But you know what? This thing about you and Cora Belle being brother and sister got me to thinking about something, and well, thinking is what I do best. Both you and Cora Belle have the same parents, the Houdini of Herron Hill, Hannah Belle Lecter, and the dapper and comely Captain January. Yet, you are from different years, you being older than Cora Belle. So my question is this: same parents, different 'litter'??? Now that doesn't seem right as neither one of you looks anything like a dog, unless, of course, it is a Dalmatian.

At any rate, I went in search of the answer. All I could find was a US Geological Survey (USGS) site from a Wildlife Research Center that has a list of what you call a group of ... you name it, they have it. According to them, a group of goats is called a 'tribe' or a 'trip'. I thought I was on some sort of 'trip' just reading about it because I certainly have never heard of a group of goats being called either of these things. In fact, usually it is 'Hey, you guys!', or 'Yo! You herd there!' Anyway, here is the link if you are curious. I am a little hesitant to take this information as the ultimate truth. After all this is the USGS. They only know about rocks, right? And trust me, even though our heads may be as hard as rocks, and some of us may be as dumb as rocks (Now did I specify Nubi...ah, any goats in particular?), in no way does a goat resemble a rock.

Well, all I have to say is I guess I'm going to have to spend some more time on my stump contemplating this. In the meantime, if anyone out there has the answer, well, do me a favor and let me know, will you? And, to be sure, if you see any 'tribes' of goats out there sporting feathers or 'tripping' over anything, be sure to let me know that too. Inquiring minds want to know. Besides, "
all truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them." - Galileo Galilei. If not, well, then we'll just have to make something up.


Anonymous said...

Hi Marigold, My name is Persephone... Actually as with any family, no matter how many legs they have, it seems to be about the same. There are older kids... and younger kids... Mom's favorite always seems to be the youngest and they are normally the spoiled ones. I am of the older Kids, Mom's First, you would think that I would be her Favorite, my farm hand prefers me over my trampy little half sister. We are refered to as litters when there are many of us born at the same time, at least by the Farm hand... But as of late Mom is ignoring us both, sign that the Tribe is starting to grow and that she may have a new batch of buns in the oven. My Question to Marigold is actually How is each tribe named? Is my tribe named for the oldest buck? Or for the name of the farm I live on or for the type of goats we are.... If that is the case then this tribe is really messed up as we are of many different breeds....

Anonymous said...

Oh how I love reading these. There are kept in my life's leasons folder. Give them all a peanut from me.

Animals with Opinions said...

yes babe, i am a real majestic mountain goat. didn't you see my picture.

gerald majestic