They cry like little babies, because they are little babies! Meet Frostie the Snow Goat. At just a few days old, Frostie’s pitiful little bleats pierce the ears and the heart just like the cries of a human baby. And just like human babies, baby goats otherwise known as kids, long for the company of their mother, they yearn for her sweet life-sustaining milk and they have the strongest desire to be safe and warm. Yet poor little Frostie had none of these things. What he did have was one of the worst cases of lice infestation we have seen, coupled with severe dehydration Yet these were not the worst of his woes as they were all issues that could be readily addressed. It is was Frostie’s debilitating and life threatening condition known as joint navel ill that sent our hearts racing.
Joint navel ill is a disease that is seen in very young calves and kid goats and results from an infection entering the body via the umbilical cord soon after birth. The causes are often insufficient or poor quality colostrum (a mother’s immune building first milk) or a dirty and unhygienic environment. And in Frostie’s case, the bacteria had spread via his bloodstream and settled in the joints of his hind limbs. This saw his joints become swollen, hot and painful, so much so that Frostie was unable to use them. Necessity became the mother of invention as we worked to save and enrich the life of our newest little rescue. Watch what happened next….