You know what there’s not a big market for? Livestock birth photography. I know. I googled it. It’s a shame, too, because it’s super fun!
If we’re facebook friends, you might remember Nellie.
She’s on the right. She’s about as wide as she is long in this picture and about set to burst. Her people had been on watch for quite awhile before we rolled into to Hooper, certain that her babies would make an appearance at any moment. It was Nellie Watch 2015.
Here’s the part where I toss a warning at you. It seems I cannot get out of Hooper without some photos that might turn a stomach or two. I promise you I sorted out all the dangling afterbirth. You are welcome. There’s just a bit of baby slime left. I really think you’ll be fine. If it makes you feel any better, a three (almost 4!) year old saw the whole thing in real time. She’s fine. You got this.
Actually, this horse saw it all in real time, too.
And a baby, five adult women, several other kids….exactly what you’d want if you were giving birth. A bunch of lookie-loo’s. Nellie was a champ, though!
I never run into goats in my every day life, much less goats popping out babies. And that’s pretty much how it happens. They kinda just pop on out.
Except this first little guy. Jess lent a helping hand. (If I ever do photograph a regular, human mom and baby birth…which seems less and less likely the more I review these two shots…I promise to never photograph at this angle. Cross my heart.)
It’s a boy! Introducing Latte! (At least, I think that’s Latte. It’s totally possible I’ve mixed them up.)
Little Scarlett said, “Hi, baby goat!”
Scarlett had just picked up her first show calf that day. She’s not quite four. That girl has way more grit than me.
Nellie jumped up and into action, taking care of her mommy business.
And we all sat back and kept watching for baby #2. The taller beauty in the back is Lillian and these are her goats.
You hung on through some slime and here we have some cute! Cute goat babies and cute people babies!
Here’s the thing…while Nellie girl is taking care of baby #1, she’s actively birthing baby #2. (Slime ahead.)
That’s the freshest goat you’ve ever seen.
Mocha made quick work of being born. She was much more efficient than her brother, who had some time to sit back and get fluffy while mom cleaned off his little sis.
Then it was time to try feeding her kids.
That little moment between Latte and Nellie was probably my favorite, but I’m also a bit in love with this Mocha girl.
And they got in some walking practice before I decided the temperature that day was rivaling the surface of the sun and my pale, ginger self needed some shade and some sunscreen.
If you made it through the slime and got to see all the cute, this horse is proud of you:
Thanks to Jess, Lillian, and all the McGregor girls for letting this coastie crash your goat birth! I loved every second and always love coming to Hooper. When I become a famous livestock birth photographer, I’ll be sure to tell everyone this is where I got my start. 😉