Tom is Riversong's first baby. She was so pleased when he was born. He was under his heat lamp and happy. Then he stood up and we knew something was horribly wrong.
His leg was floppy and at the knee joint it wobbled in all directions. There was a huge bump on the front which make it look like his leg was on backwards.
That is the point that you have a choice as a goat keeper. He is a boy, we have a buck and as a weak one would he survive? Would it be kinder to let him go? In my head "never" as they always get a chance and in 14 years I hadn't seen anything like it. It wasn't mineral deficiency which can sometimes cause a leg to bend backwards. This leg would not bend in the normal direction as there was a physical barrier in the way. It only bent backwards.
But he was a real little soldier. Nobody told him he had a problem. He was up and running on three legs and playing and bouncing!
I found a piece of packing material which was an angle which was small enough to use cotton wool around the leg, put it on as a splint and I wrapped it with elastic sticky horse bandage and we left him a week in the hope that this would at least solidify the leg straight so it was useful to him.
He was so brave. Again he didn't care he was different. He played, he became loud when he wanted his mum and he showed his personality which is courage, friendship and a love of life.
It was a terrifying day when I took the splint off. He was already firm friends with Jessie (also in the photo) and she didn't want us to have to make an awful decision. But, he had to have quality of life.
We gently took the splint off and he had a straight leg. It no longer bent the wrong way, it was straight and the lump had gone down a bit.
We let him loose with his "new leg" and he was very happy.
Over the following week his leg started to bend the right way as the swelling on his knee went down further. All we can guess is that something had happened while he was in the womb.
You wouldn't believe there was ever anything wrong with him now. He's friendly, bouncy and runs around like the others. He isn't bottle fed but he is becoming so friendly and as we'd already promised him a forever home no matter what he has been "wethered" and he'll be here for life.
There is a dog backpack with his name on it and he's already following me around and keen to get out of the goat house.
He will love to see people, be around people and we can put light things in his bag so he can be "useful".
Hopefully in years to come many people will meet and love Tom as much as we do!
Tom would be very happy to send a message to you or someone who loves goats.