Survival of the fittest.... Kyla abondon by her mother but gains love and care from Don Bosco animal farm students.
KYLA was a female goat that was abandoned by her mother when she discovered her cub has been in contact with a student shortly after her delivery at Don Bosco Training Institute farm in 2012.
The 12- month old black goat was hungry and abandoned by her mother and yet she possessed a strong determination to have a second chance to survive under the care of the agriculture students.
The institute Rector Fr. Joseph Thanh from Vietnam revealed Kyla was named after Mikyla (female agricultural student) who initially touched and cuddle (in contact) with Kyla after her delivery at the farm.
“If a mother goat sees any person (human being) holding her baby goat she will definitely refuse to give milk and abandon her newborn is her final option.
“Therefore, it is advisable for those who wanted to raise goat to consider these facts when planning to raise goats in a farm,” said Fr. Thanh.
Fr. Joseph Thanh said Kyla was well raised and fed by the students in their dormitory and for a start it was really a challenging task to nurture Kyla based on her physical condition.
“We have to feed her regularly five times a day, because baby goats have small stomachs and require more milk per day.
“In order to feed her we have to buy local powdered form milk and nipple plastic bottle from local shops in Honiara to nourish Kyla.
“We have to mix the milk with boiled hot water and put in a bottle when it’s warm to give Kyla. At first it was hard to get her suck on the nipple; she kept turning her head away, we kept trying hard and finally it started sucking it and finished off all of her milk.
“In the early weeks since she did eat so frequently; and we had to provide her with a confinement place to sleep in the dormitory that would be warm and safe,” said the Rector.
He added that raising a baby goat is also an expensive business especially when it comes to purchasing of milk powder products.
“We have to been financially supportive towards Kyla until she reaches 2 months old to enable her to feed on grasses on the farm.”
Now Kyla has grown and started jumping and bouncing on everything and Fr. Joseph added that Kyla has started to eat grass with other goats and cattle at the farm.
Meanwhile, a senior female agriculture student praised the entire student who have worked together to save Kyla from hunger and her ordeal of abandonment; and most important