The Goats of Madang

Posted in Mixed Nuts on March 13th, 2008 by MadDog
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When we moved to Madang in 1981 we lived in the LUSHIP compound near where we are now. There was a Billy goat that roamed around like he owned the place. He didn’t last long because people were always complaining that he ate their flowers. It was true. There wasn’t a flower in sight. I think they finally ate him. I don’t imagine he tasted very good, but he had a magnificent beard.

I haven’t seen any goats around Madang for years. Now, however, there is a family of goats living with the folks at the corner of the Airport Road and the JANT Road. Here’s a picture of the Nanny goat and her two little kids goatlets (can’t remember what baby goats are properly called) [thanks for the vocabulary help, Peter Donelly]

Mom and Babies

There’s also a Billy goat in the family (obviously). He wasn’t around, so I didn’t get a photo of him – maybe later.

Though these children and their lovely goat-guests are in peril from the Alien Ant Body Snatchers in my garden, I’m keeping an eye out for them. Goats are like coal mine canaries when it comes to aliens. As long as the goats are not mysteriously disappearing, then all is well.

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