Now, Anise, doesn't really apply to any of these breed depictions. She's not terribly large, in fact we have a Nubian doe that is much larger than Anise. She is quite skittish, not at all mellow, and I would think a doe that is adaptable by nature, would figure out, when you are there day after day feeding and cooing and caring for her, that you might not be the enemy. Well, I guess she's not that adaptable either. But she is gorgeous. She has fine, deer-like qualities, a beautiful shape, long elegant neck and a face that is, frankly, stunning!
Anise is pregnant in this photograph. You wouldn't really know it, and even right up to the day the little one was born, she didn't really LOOK pregnant. She had all the prenatal care prescribed for goats, the extra vitamins, extra minerals, feed. She was given her very own pen, right beside her pals, so she could still have a conversation and bond, and sleep beside her besties. She remained elegant throughout.
On the afternoon of March 3, 2013, my husband entered the barn to do the rounds, check on goats, make sure there was enough fresh water, hay, minerals, and there she was.... a new baby! It must have happened within 15 minutes or so, as the baby was still wet, and curled up in a corner. Anise was looking all proud as if to say, "Look what I made!"
When I got there, with warm towels, and our "Lambing kit", which has all the first aid stuff you could imagine in it, we tied off the umbilical cord and dipped it in iodine. All the hard stuff had already been done, by Anise. This baby was and is, like her mama, stunning!