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Baby Goats Signal Early Arrival of Spring

The only two goats at the farm Haukholt in Hrunamannahreppur, south Iceland, had kids on the same day at the beginning of April. They are considered early signs of spring; the farm’s 500 ewes won’t start lambing until later this month.


Icelandic goats. Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“They got out and gave birth outside. They spent some two days outside but then I found them, both with kids,” farmer Magnús Helgi Loftsson told Morgunblaðið of the goats.

The two goats and one buck are kept “for fun” at what is otherwise a sheep farm. However, horses are bred there too and the foal named the most beautiful at the local foal show on March 18, Haukur, was born at Haukholt.


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