Glen Rose resident Amanda Moseley was surprised when her goat, Bootsy, gave birth to quintuplets on March 9.
Moseley has only had Bootsy since last year. She got her from her friend she calls “the goat lady.” Bootsy had already given birth twice so this was her third time to give birth, but it was Moseley’s first time to help deliver baby goats.
“We had no idea how many she was going to have, but we knew that she was really big,” she said. “She went into labor about 6 p.m. and about 10:30-11 p.m., it kind of picked up and around 11:30 she had her first kid and that was fine and then once he was born, I was thinking, ‘Oh gracious, there’s a lot more in there because they’re so small.’”
Moseley was right because soon after the first goat was born, two more followed.
“After the third kid, the fourth kid was coming out with his hooves only, and I knew, I was like, something doesn’t seem right," she said.
She called “the goat lady” who helped deliver the fourth goat.
Then there was a fifth.
“She was telling me on the phone, she was like, ‘Oh Amanda, that’s not another baby, I promise, that’s just the afterbirth’ because I had never really done it before so I didn’t really know what to expect and so I was like, ‘Oh, okay’ and then a few minutes later I was like, ‘No, really, that’s another baby.’ She was like, ‘It can’t be. We’ve never had quintuplets before.’ I was like, ‘But I see a hoof and I see a nose, it’s a baby’ and sure enough there was another baby,” she said.
The delivery was a six-hour process and every one of the goats were billies.
Moseley said her friend has been delivering and breeding goats for 10 years and she has never seen a set of quintuplets. She also said the odds of having five goats at once are one in 10,000.
“I had no idea how rare it was in the moment because I was running around like crazy because I just had five baby goats born and you have to assist them being born; it’s not like they’re in the wild. Since they’re so small, you have to help them break out of their amniotic sack and actually suck out their mouth like you do a newborn baby because they’re not strong enough to break out of the sack themselves. They can end up suffocating in their amniotic sack if you don’t help them so it was a little chaotic, but it was super exciting,” she said.
She said the fifth goat was the runt and was half the size of the fourth. She wasn’t sure that he was going to make it because when he was born, he was so weak that he couldn’t stand up on his own. Fortunately, he was fine the next morning.
“He’s still tiny as can be but he’s doing good,” she said.
As for names, Moseley and her family are still deciding. She said they’re waiting for their personalities to come out.
“Everybody has been calling the baby Tiny Tim ‘cause he’s just so tiny but I'm like, ‘That’s not really that cute of a name, he needs a real name’ so my youngest one wants to call him Brave because he said he’s so little and he’s so brave, but we haven’t decided yet exactly what they’ll be named,” she said. “One looks like a buffalo, so we might end up naming him Buffalo because of his facial features. It’s like naming a kid. You don’t think you’re going to get five kids to name. I feel like it’s a little bit of pressure.”
Moseley said her sister-in-law, Melissa Moseley, has nicknamed her, “The Goat Doula.”