Baby Goats Born At Point Defiance Zoo

The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is celebrating the birth of two Nigerian Dwarf Goats.

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A 4-day-old Nigerian dwarf goat nurses from her mother, Hazel, in the Kids’ Zone area at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

Hazel, the mother, gave birth to female twins on June 24, and you can see the new arrivals in the Contact Junction area of the Kids’ Zone section of the zoo. The zoo now has 17 Nigerian Dwarf Goats at the Kids’ Zone.

Hazel is an experienced mommy. This is the third birth for the four-year-old goat who has been at the zoo for a few months.

The two sisters don’t have names yet, and the zoo is asking the public to vote on a name at the zoo website. Choices were submitted by staff. Don’t wait! Voting closes July 4.

Nigerian Dwarf Goats grow to be about 24 inches high with weights upwards of 75 pounds. They are miniature dairy goats, with their origins in West Africa and imported to the U.S. in the 1930s.

Goats are on display during regular zoo hours of 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the Kids’ Zone is free with admission.

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