Goat Kids

The farmer leads Mother Goat away from Billy and Nanny.
The farmer leads Mother Goat away from Billy and Nanny.
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Goat twins Billy and Nanny stand up in the hay as the farmer comes into the barn. The farmer always comes early in the morning to milk the mama goat.

Today, when the farmer is finished, he pats Nanny and Billy. "You two will have to look after yourselves today," the farmer says. He leads their mother away. Mama Goat will care for a newborn lamb whose own mother can't take care of it. 

What will Billy and Nanny do today? Billy likes to eat. Nanny likes to jump and climb. But they also like to stay together.

Billy and Nanny nibble happily from the hay bin. They have had their teeth since they were born. And that's a good thing since Billy likes to eat all the time.

Nanny ventures out into the barnyard. Suddenly she sees that the shed roof is just the right height for climbing. Nanny hops onto a hay bale, then leans her front hooves against the shed and jumps up.

Soon Billy joins her. Their two-toed feet and sturdy hooves keep them sure-footed. Like all goats, they have strong legs and good balance. 

Nanny and Billy look around the farm from the top of the shed roof.
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Nanny and Billy look around the farm from the top of the shed roof. They like being up where they can see everything.

High places are good lookouts for goats. If goats think danger is coming, they spread out and climb to high places to spot it. Then they leap down to surprise any approaching enemies.

Billy and Nanny don't see any danger. But they do see that the roof slopes right down into the farmer's yard. Billy thinks that he might get a snack there.

After climbing carefully down the other side of the roof, Billy and Nanny land in the farmer's yard. Their "shock absorbers" in the inside layers of their feet keep them from hurting their legs when they land. 

Billy stops at the farmer's kitchen door. He climbs the three little steps to the back porch and waits for the door to open. Nanny climbs up the steps, then down again. She does this a few times, then goes to find a higher place to climb.

Nanny jumps onto the hood of the farmer's truck.
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When Nanny gets to the farmer's pick-up truck, she jumps onto the hood and then onto the roof. She climbs just the way mountain goats do, as if she is jumping from one narrow ledge to another.

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