Oliver was born with two other siblings, prematurely and to a mom who had been undernourished. Two of the babies, Sophie and Preston, were very tiny. The third baby, Oliver, was almost twice their size. All three baby goats were horribly weak and needed constant care for the first 48 hours of their lives.
It quickly became apparent that something was wrong with the biggest kid, Oliver. He looked bloated and upon further inspection, it was discovered that he was lacking an anal opening. At only two days old, poor little Oliver was at the veterinary clinic receiving emergency surgery for his birth defect. Despite a successful surgery, upon returning home it became apparent that Oliver’s mother was rejecting him and refused to let him nurse. For the first 3 months of life, Oliver was bottle-fed by hand by the Hooves & Paws team.
At just six months old, Oliver has had many visits to the veterinarian, and there are surely more to come. The vet believes that he is missing part of his large intestine and has also diagnosed him with megacolon. Once the biggest of the triplets at birth, Oliver is now half the size of his healthy siblings.
In spite of his health problems, Oliver is in many ways a typical baby goat. He loves to run and jump and climb. He is learning to play head-butting games with his siblings. He is an amazing and beautiful baby and he is a little miracle who is loved by all who meet him.
If you would like to help Oliver continue to receive the treatments he needs to live a long and healthy life, please visit our website at http://www.hoovesandpaws.org/
Hooves & Paws is a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue shelter dedicated to saving the lives of animals in need. They rescue abandoned, abused and unwanted animals and give them a second chance at a new and happy life.
PO Box 1469
Littlerock, CA 93543
Ph: (661) 944-3740