Goats as pets are just great for kids

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Sarai and Kelsey Gold have been busy tak­ing care of their new pets Freck­les and Molly. The Mata­mata Pri­mary stu­dents are among hun­dreds of chil­dren across Mata­mata tak­ing part in the an­nual calf club sea­son.

The sis­ters have had kid goats ev­ery year since they were old enough but it is the first time hav­ing a lamb for sixyear-old Kelsey.

‘‘I like them be­cause they’re nice and fluffy,’’ she said.

Mum Marie Bryant said look­ing af­ter an an­i­mal was a good ex­pe­ri­ence for school chil­dren.

‘‘They have to get out there and look af­ter them,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s good for them to have that re­spon­si­bil­ity.’’

Sarai, 9, said it was re­ally fun look­ing af­ter a goat. She has to feed and brush Freck­les ev­ery day, as well as prac­tis­ing to lead and call her.

The girls have a col­lec­tion of rib­bons from past years and will take their an­i­mals to their school calf club day, the Mata­mata A&P Show and Mata­mata Group Day.

‘‘We en­joy go­ing around all the shows,’’ Ms Bryant said. ‘‘Goats are a lot of fun . . . there are al­ways a few tears when we have to take them back.’’

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