Thursday, January 07, 2010

We say good bye to a gentle giant

I can not find a good picture of Goliath at this time. He can be found at the fleece pages. But, I am not going there myself for a while.... Goliath is behind Cornelius, looking out at the empty boxes.
Goliath, and his ram friend Julius, came to us from Barrett Acres in Newport. As did Joshua, who we lost a little while ago. He and Julius were 11 this spring. Some time during the night, Goliath was either tipped over or simply laid down and wouldn't get back up. The next morning I tried and tried to help him up. Either he was being stubborn or simply could not do it. Finally my sweet, caring husband dispatched him over the rainbow bridge.
Julius was tipped over himself and trapped between the sliding door and the floor of the barn. He was able to get back on his feet with some help from me. He is now residing with the ewes. We may have some May/June babies if anyone goes into heat, and if he is up to it. (o; That is ok, as Maggie is the last 'baby' we have of his and she is almost 10 this year.


Mokihana said...

Oh goodness; that happened with one of our beloved llamas during last winter's severe ice/snow storm. He couldn't get up even after vet shots and exam. So we had to put him to sleep. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Lynn and Jim said...

That is sooooooo sad! It is so hard loosing a friend- one who has actually shared a coat with you. :o)
Lynn and Jim

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