Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Transformation


If you follow our blog,
you will know that O'Malley is one of our favored goats.
She came to us in 2007 with our original foundation stock...
having just been born that spring.



O'Malley is a Fainting Goat,
and scores very highly on the fainting scale...
a five out of five.

She is a stiff legged goat,
meaning that her myotonia affects her movement most of the time.
It never seems to bother her, though,
she just stiffly, and quite slowly hobbles around.

The first year that we had O'Malley,
we noticed that she grew tons of angora fur in preparation for winter.

That spring she shed most of it,
but it grew back again by August.

This cycle repeated each year....
and each year O'Malley got a little more ragged looking.

That is, until this summer.
This year, O'Malley looks the best she has ever looked.
She is sleek and slim....no ragged angora fur anywhere.

It seems that pregnancy has had a very positive effect on
O'Malley's looks.

For those of you who might be curious 
about O'Malley's lack of horns....
she is what is called "polled";
that is, she was born without horns.
We were hoping that her kids,
Fred and Sally, might follow suit.
No such luck....Fred and Sally have horns.

7 comments:

  1. Very pretty goat, isn't that is just the way it is, some woman look beautiful when they have babies, I always looked like the 4th picture, ragged and same round shape. She sure looks beautiful now.

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  2. Cute! I love fainting goats. But I thought polled goats were usually hermaphrodite? Is this different for myotonic goats?

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  3. O'Malley is such a beautiful cinnamon color. She always had beauty in the inside, now she just shows it to everyone else.

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  4. O'Malley is such a beautiful cinnamon color. She always had beauty in the inside, now she just shows it to everyone else.

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  5. O'Malley looks great! Love her coloring.

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  6. Wow! That's some kind of transformation! Sounds like she is quite the character!

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