[Caribou, NS]– Stella has a bit of an identity crisis.
© (Photo: Sueann Musick/The News)
Stella, a young Nubian goat, gets ready for a drive in a truck with Alyssa, front, and MacKenzie Ells. Stella will be competing in the upcoming Pictou–North Colchester Exhibition.
She is a five-month old Nubian goat, but considering the way she acts most days, her owner Danny Nichol isn’t sure she knows that.
The floppy-eared four-hoofed wonder grazes and follows the sheep around the pasture, goes for drives in the truck like a dog and plays ball with the children as if she is part of the game.
“They are an interesting animal,” said Nichol. “You never know what they are going to do.”
Stella came to the Nichol farm on Three Brooks Road in Caribou (Nova Scotia) when she was only a few weeks old. He had raised goats in the past, but hadn’t had any on the farm in a few years. Stella was chosen as his son Spencer’s 4-H project and will be making her debut at the Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition next Wednesday (Sept. 5).
Nichol said Spencer has been training with her by putting her on a leash and walking her around the yard as well as studying up on what characteristics make a good dairy goat for the conformation classes.
“We think she doing pretty good,” said Nichol when asked if she expected to have a good show at the exhibition.
If Stella knows she is going to be in the spotlight next week, she doesn’t appear to be anxious about it. She wonders around the small farm like she owns it, smelling newcomers and munching on maple tree leaves as if they’re satisfying a sweet tooth.
“She will eat just about anything,” he said. “The other day, the sheep were in the pasture standing under a tree and she had her front legs on one of their backs so she could reach for the leaves on the tree.”
He said Stella’s social skills come from being around the family when she was a baby. She was a bottle-fed on lamb’s milk when she was brought home and stayed in the home’s basement while Nichol worked on his lobster traps.
“It was easy to have her down there because she had to be fed every few hours,” he said.
She eventually got too big for the house and was moved to the barn where she rooms with the sheep and chickens, but every once in a while she gets to go for a drive in the cab of the truck to a 4-H goat meeting.
“She is good in the truck, she just curls up on the floor of the cab,” he said.