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Friday, February 27, 2009

Tragedy Strikes Whispering Acres

It is with a heavy heart that I report the death of one of our young angora goats whom we adopted from the Animal Rescue League. It has been a difficult week. I came down with a nasty bug that induced severe vertigo and dizziness, not to mention congestion and ear problems. I stayed home on Wednesday as a result. I sat out in the sunshine on the back porch for a while, because it was a warm day, and ventured over to visit the little goats. All 4 angoras were lively and happy to see me when I visited them. I played with them, petting each in turn and letting them sniff my fingers. They were all perfectly fine.

Thursday morning, Kelly did all the animal feedings so that I could stay in bed longer, feeling crummy and miserable. He checked on everyone, including the angoras, and they were fine. I hauled myself to school for my 10 am class, and then worked the rest of the day. Upon arriving home, around 5:15 pm, I went out to the barn. We had experienced a significant hailstorm in the afternoon.
I went to check on all the goats, and there was a still, white bundle at the side of the pen. I immediately called for Kelly and we discovered the awful truth. One of our dear angoras had died.

We have no idea what the cause of death was. We have two theories. First, the hailstorm must have been incredibly loud on our metal Wick building. The small goats pasture is next to that building. She probably never experienced a hailstorm before. Possibly the noise of the hail on the building simply terrified her, and she died of a heart attack. Secondly, there was a lot of lightning with the storm that passed through. She was laying next to a fencing T-post. It is possible that lightning struck the T-post and she was too close, and being wet, she succumbed to a massive electrical shock.

The Rescue League is doing a necropsy on her, but I have no news at this point. I shall update when we know anything. In the meantime, all the other goats appear to be perfectly well. We have no sign of illness or slowness or any sort of malady in any of them. That said, she herself showed no sign of illness either, the day before she died, nor even the morning of the day she died.

It is especially tragic when you rescue an animal and try to do your best to give it a loving, safe home, then something goes wrong and that animal dies. We are simply at a loss to know what we could or should have done differently. This sad cactus surrounded by hailstones kind of expresses how I am feeling right now.

Today, perhaps in an effort to make me smile, our hens outdid their previous maximum total of a 12-egg-day, and made it a 14-egg-day. Bless their feathery hearts. We got our first olive green egg today.

26 comments:

Chickenista said...

How very sad! I'm sorry you came home to that.

Yellow Jacket Ridge Angoras said...

Oh Claire I am so very sorry for your loss. I know that horrible heartache only too well. Just know that she's waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge and she lived her final days truly happy.

Blessings to you and Kelly

Kara said...

Claire I am so sorry to hear about your Angora doe. I was just stopping by to tell you congrats on Luna and read the news.

Mare said...

oh Claire...I am so sorry. What a terrible thing. so sorry...

blackcatcreekfarm said...

Claire,
I'm so sorry to read of your loss. I hope they are able to find the cause for you. It's always so sad to lose one.

kristi said...

There are so many joys with raising animals and then there are the heartaches that we should never have to experience but we do. She was given to you for a reason and you were able to love her in the time you had her. Give all your animls a hug tonight:) Hope you feel better too :)

Shiloh Prairie Farm said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I hope the necropsy can give you some answers.

AKColleen said...

I am so sorry to hear about your angora. Keep us updated when you hear about the necropsy.

I hope you are feeling better from your sickness, too!

Lola Nova said...

I am truly sorry. I am sending out good thoughts to you and hoping you feel better. Remember to take care of yourself and to breathe.

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

What a rotten week. I'm so sorry you lost one of your sweeties. I hope you get some answers, get well, and have a better weekend.

Ishtar said...

That is so sad! I hope you find out why soon, it's dreadful not knowing!
Sending you a big warm hug from Africa,
Esther

Deb said...

Claire,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing our farm friends is so darn hard.
Take comfort in knowing you gave that goatie a wonderful life that chances are it wouldn't have had otherwise.

I hope you health improves quickly - and your memories of her help to heal your heart.

Sharrie said...

Sorry to read that you lost one of your flock.

Nancy K. said...

I am so sorry.

Sending BIG hugs...

Split Rock Ranch said...

Claire, I am sooo sorry for your loss. I think you can rest assured that there really wasn't anything you could have done to change the outcome. Things happen that are beyond our control. Bless the chickens for doing their best to make you smile by outdoing their previous laying record! Here's a big hug for you and the goats.

IsobelleGoLightly said...

Oooh - Best wishes to you from all of us here at our little farm. We know that tragedies can happen even though we receive the best of care. Goat kisses from all of us (especially Dayel, who is expert at the French kiss - aren't you lucky).

Please tell your chickums that we are happy they are laying well. From Isobelle, Gimli, Durin, Dayel and Narcissa!

Mom L said...

Awww, Claire, that was tough for you to deal with on top of other events this past year. But I second the others here - you gave her loving days while she was with you that she wouldn't have had otherwise.

Just keep on doing what you're doing.

Nancy

JLB said...

I had kind of wondered why you were so quiet this week, I hope you get to feeling better soon.
Sorry about your little angora, there wasn't anything you could have done different. I too, wish that the necropsy can give you the answers you need.
*hugs*

angie said...

You gave her a loving, safe, comfortable, well-fed home up until her last moments. I'm sorry for your loss.

Gorgeous eggs!

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Flartus said...

Just adding my condolences to all the rest. Glad the rest of the flock seems unaffected. I hope you start feeling better soon; it's no fun heading into spring feeling crummy.

Beautiful eggs, too. Lovely birds, how sweet of them!

Blue Goose Farms said...

You have such Awesome friends! I wish you well, I am sorry to hear of your loss. I will be thinking of you.

Jen and Rich Johnson said...

Claire - so sorry for your loss. I hope you are doing ok.

JK said...

Such sad news, so sorry to hear this.

Hugs coming your way.

Hope you are feeling better soon.

thecrazysheeplady said...

I am so sorry.

Mama said...

Many brightest blessings to you & yours..