Rare hairless goat nicknamed ‘Precious’ born on a Vancouver Island ranch

A Vancouver Island rancher has been saddled with an unusual responsibility after delivering a rare hairless baby goat.

Conny Rohr of Maple Heart Ranch, south of Shawnigan Lake, says the hairless child – named ‘Precious’ – was born on Friday, April 29.

“We thought he wouldn’t survive, because his mother didn’t take it,” Rohr said. “But we tried anyway, because she seemed to have very strong survival instincts.”

A veterinarian who examined the animal told Rohr he had never heard of a goat born hairless. A similar birth was recently recorded in Turkey, but otherwise Rohr said she has been unable to find any other cases.

It’s left to Rohr and his family to scramble to try to figure out how to take care of Precious.

“We took her home, bottle-fed her and made sure she was warm. It sounds simple, but not if you have to run the generator for electricity or keep the fire going to warm the house,” she said.

The Rohr family gives the bottle to Precious, a rare hairless kid born last week. (TikTok/@mapleheartranch)

Since her mother rejected her, Precious has to be fed every two hours and basically requires round-the-clock care.

“We also have to buy lots of clothes, nappies, puppy towels and a crate to keep her safe in the house. Probably a baby monitor too,” Rohr said.

And due to her unique condition, Precious won’t be able to stay outside with other goats and will need a special shelter or addition to the home, as well as special clothing and creams to protect her. elements.

The fact that Rohr suffered an injury in a horse-related accident adds to the burden, so the rest of his family picks up the slack.

“So the work of four people had to be cut by three and now we have a very large maintenance task,” she said.

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As a result, the family launched a GoFundMe campaign to help defray the costs of caring for Precious.

“We try to be as self-sufficient as possible on our farm and to be able to support our daily bills to take care of all our animals in the best possible way, but now with the added expense and limited labor we have need financial support,” Rohr said.

In the meantime, the family is sharing Precious’ journey on their TikTok page.

@mapleheartranch Our hairless baby goat was born on April 29th. #furlessgoat #precious #homesteading ♬ Funny Song – Cavendish Music

The GoFundMe page can be found here.

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