"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

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Don't Mess With Mama

Mother's Day. It was such a lovely day. For a change. We were out enjoying the fresh spring green grass. (Well, Ella and I were working out on the Go-Go Goat Treadmill ©.) At any rate, it was a very pleasant day.

So, the goatmother and the goatfather decided to take a walk-about around the farm with the Mighty Quinn and the Indomitable Cabra in tow. Now Cabra, being somewhat on the short side, fiercely enjoys running through the high grass in the pasture. As a matter of fact, there isn't much to see except the grass moving until she decides to 'spy-hop', like a whale, to ascertain where everyone else has gone.

Now imagine that you are flying by high up in the sky. You are quite hungry. You look down, and this is what you see.

Mmmm....small bounding mammal. Food, yes? Food, NO! At least not if there is a goatmother in the picture. So you see, this is exactly what occurred. A large red-tailed hawk flew quite low, turned his head and noticed the enticing, bounding, spy-hopping Cabra. He did a double-take, turned his wings and began a descent toward the fuzzy bundle. The goatmother looked up in time to see what was going on and sprang into action. She jumped forward, pointed a finger, and loudly proclaimed, "DON'T YOU EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!!!" The hawk aborted his attempt and landed in a tree, probably not feeling at all ashamed of himself, watching grumpily as the goatmother scooped up Cabra and carried her the rest of the way. I am quite sure he was mumbling to himself the whole time...something along the lines of if he had just been a little quicker...

At any rate, the goatmother was quite surprised that a hawk would express an interest in a dog - even a small dog. Had it been an eagle, it would not have been so surprising, but a hawk? Well, one can only conclude that the fuzzy morsel simply appeared way too tasty to pass up. One might also conclude that Cabra's recent ornithological endeavors might just be coming back to haunt her. Oh, well. I think this is a job for Homegoat Security. After all, we haven't had an orange alert in some time. Nos es vigilo!!!


Danni said...

OMG!!!! That is such a scary story! And yes, hawks WILL fly away with small dogs...my girlfriend has very small chihuahuas and takes doggy purses with her everywhere she goes so that when she's outside or at the beach, she has her "babies" safely protected in the doggy bags. Of course, they are pampered little things and love it. I don't think Cabra would really get into that too much. LOL
Stay safe, little one...now I'm worried about you!! Hurry up and gain some weight and size!!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh my goodness! I was fearing the worse while reading this, but felt so relieved when Goatmother was able to stop the assault by that hawk. Poor little Cabra. I bet she didn't even realize how close her life was to being a hawk's dinner.

This happened to us a year ago when one of our bunnies, out hopping with her friend in the play yard in the backyard was picked up by a hawk. We could do nothing as the hawk was already out of reach in the sky....with our sweet little white bunny in it's talons.

I hope that hawk was scared away by goatmother and doesn't come back. Please hurry and grow bigger, sweet Cabra!