Monday, February 7, 2011

A sad time

My young alpine buck Hans, lost his family last week to a mountain lion. Marika, Flower and Oreo belonged to my friend Emily who lives higher up the mountain. Marika gave birth to Hans, Oreo and two other boys last April (her first birth experience). She had enough milk for all four kids but only wanted to nurse two of them. Oreo and Hans became bottle babies. Flower was Marika's "sister", actually she was a pretty black nubian. So very sad that they all perished to a young lion, who was probably just learning to hunt.

Hans came here in September, he is a handsome guy and should have several offspring born in May. At least the lineage will continue. I hope we can get a couple of daughters that have the huge milk production that Marika had. Avalon, my heaviest milk producer has been bred to Hans, so hope for a couple of females.
Hans has matured quite a bit from this picture taken a few months ago. He is now sporting a nice beard.


  1. I'm so sorry about the loss. Its hard to deal with these kind of a criminal has entered our lives...well, one sorta has. I know they are just trying to make their way in the world, but how about something else like a deer...wild, you know versus something I raised! We've lost 4 goats over five years to lions. I've taken to locking mine up come dark but the last attack occured while the dun was still up!
    Still, I wouldn't live anywhere else.

  2. I'm just glad we don't live right in the trees. Lions and bears don't like being out in the open. But I still close everyone up at night.