National 5.8.2016 12:55 pm

Goat’s chicken ‘mother’ now a grandmother

Lilo, the hand-reared dwarf Cameroon goat, introduces her kid to the world at Crocworld Conservation Center.

Lilo, the hand-reared dwarf Cameroon goat, introduces her kid to the world at Crocworld Conservation Center.

Lilo adopted a chicken as her mother after she was rejected by her own mother, and has since had a kid herself.

Lilo, the dwarf Cameroon goat at Crocworld Conservation Centre in Scottburgh, KwaZulu-Natal, is now a proud mommy after she gave birth to a male kid on July 3, South Coast Sun reports.

The Sun featured Lilo in an article last year. She was born a twin, but was unfortunately rejected by her mother at birth in August last year and had to be hand-reared by Crocworld staff from day one.

As time went on, the staff noticed Lilo was being butted away by her mother whenever she went to drink from her. She ended up following one of the large chickens that shared the enclosure with the goats and adopted this chicken as her mother.

Despite her rocky start, the love and care shown to Lilo saw her thrive at the center.

“This latest addition was a particular cause for celebration as it is often unlikely for a goat that has been rejected by its own mother to develop maternal instincts,” said Crocworld

Conservation Centre manager Martin Rodrigues spoke to The Citizen: “Lilo has taken to looking after her little boy now who is barely a month old. She is taking care of her baby.”

Crocworld invites the public to name Lilo’s kid by entering the naming competition on the Crocworld Conservation Centre Facebook page.

Goat's chicken mother

Lilo with the chicken she adopted as her mother.

– Caxton News Service

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