Today, Boopy got to go outside and join the rest of the herd. The rest of the herd loves her. She is pretty happy to be there herself. The first thing she did was tear around the paddock at full speed for about five minutes. (My camera was inside for that, of course.)
There are definitely times when the barn (or garage, as it were) is indicated for baby animals. Being born premature in the cold is one of them. However, I am a firm believer that the outside world is critical for baby animals, what with its sun and its space to run around and its herd members to interact with, so I don't like to put babies inside unless it truly is necessary, and I like to get them outside as soon as possible.
The lambs got to go outside today, too. (They weren't premature; just born in the pouring rain and not quite sure how to nurse on their mom yet ...)
There is just something "right" about seeing baby animals nursing their dams in the bright sunshine. I don't think I've posted a picture of Boopy's dam yet, so here she is. It is wonderful to see this particular dam nursing her baby, for a few reasons, and it's not a sight I was sure I'd ever see.
... Also, in case you were wondering why we didn't have any goats ... We got some goats. More on them later ... They're in QT right now (we QT all new arrivals), and they're still pretty shy.
... So the farm now has a baby one of everything on the ground at this time: alpaca cria, lambs, piglets, and now some goat kids. (Don't ask me why that counts as "everything;" apparently, we've decided that cows don't exist any more. Or horses. Or llamas. Or ...)
We discussed the possibility of putting them all together and taking a photo of them all bouncing around, which would probably have broken the Internet, but decided against it. For one thing, the goats are still in quarantine. For another thing, the lambs and cria aren't spotted. We need to wait until we have a spotted one of each species before attempting such a feat of Internet-destroying cuteness.
K writes this stuff, for some reason that has yet to become apparent.