My daughter surprised me this Christmas with the adoption of Erika, a goat from Farm Sanctuary.
Here is Erika's story from the Farm Sanctuary website:
Erika’s surprise rescue story: In
February 2013, Animal Control officers rescued more than a dozen sheep,
one goat, and a calf who were struggling to stay alive on bread scraps
from a backyard butcher in the Los Angeles area. The bodies of victims
who had already perished lay nearby. Once we heard of this case, we
welcomed the group and took them into our care. Most of the animals were
transported to our Northern California Shelter, leaving only Claire
(the rescue’s sole goat) and Felicity (her dear sheep friend) to reside
at our Los Angeles sanctuary. On March 12, during their evening rounds,
Southern California Shelter caregivers discovered that Claire had just
given birth to a daughter, who we have named Erika. The arrival was a
surprise, but a very happy one. Erika was tiny and bursting with life!
Personality: Erika is still young,
so she is very curious and playful. And at times, she is quite
demanding! Having been born into a sanctuary setting, Erika will never
know cruelty. She has been treated as a princess since the day she was
born and never hesitates to ask for what she wants — sometimes very
Erika has two moms: Erika has the
luxury of being raised by not only one, but two mother-figures — her
mother, Claire, and her Aunt Felicity, who is a sheep. The two watch
over Erika carefully. Erika spends every afternoon playing on the
hillside or snoozing in the sun — with her “Moms” close by.
Her favorite part of the day: This little goat is happy anytime food is near! Erika knows her feeding times and will announce them at the top of her lungs!