Four Goat Kids Born in One Month at Hentona High School in Ogimi

Four Goat Kids Born in One Month at Hentona High School in Ogimi

Students and teachers at Hentona High School holding the four goat kids (July 29, Hentona High School in Ogimi)

August 12, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo


Ogimi – In the approximately one month from late June to late July, four goat kids were born one after the other at Hentona High School in Ogimi, a town close to a forest that is a natural heritage site. The four goats were born to three of the Okinawan goats that the high school science club is raising. The schoolyard has grown livelier with their arrival.


On June 23, eight-month-old Elsa gave birth to a male goat kid. Because the kid was born on Okinawa Memorial Day (Irei no Hi) in the Reiwa Era, he was named Rei. Working backward from when Elsa gave birth, she would have become pregnant when she was three months old. In most cases, goats become pregnant when they are approximately one year old, so the students and teachers were surprised, one saying “I can’t believe she could have a baby this young!”


On July 22, Momo, Elsa’s mother, gave birth to a baby goat whose fur looks like a panda’s. Niko, who is not related to Momo and Elsa, gave birth to twin black and white goats on July 28. These three babies have not yet been named.


The goat kids spend their time in the shade of trees in the school yard, romping about near their mothers and playing together. Yuto Kinjo is a second-year student at Hentona High School and was present when Niko gave birth. He says, “She seemed really restless and wouldn’t settle down, so I went to check on her. I had no idea that she’d have her twins.” Looking at the goats, he adds “They’re cute.”


Hentona High School is working on research related to the breeding and genetics of Okinawan goats in order to contribute to their propagation and protection. They are currently looking for individuals or organizations able to conduct joint research with them. The school plans to give the newborn goats to social welfare facilities.


(English translation by T&CT and Ellen Huntley)



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