There are few things cuter than baby goats in flannel pajamas.
So when North Saanich farmer Alan Mayfield posted an ad on social media looking for baby goat cuddlers, the response was overwhelming.
“I totally underestimated the power of the internet,” said Mayfield, owner of the Victoria Lavender Farm.
Nearly 5000 people replied in a matter of hours, all wanting a little one on one snuggle time with the now-famous farm animals.
Betty was one of the first to respond and had her first cuddle session Tuesday.
“It’s wonderful I can feel his heart beating and he’s just settled right in,” she said.
Mayfield says the babies need to be socialized so they can become pets.
“They make great pets they really do, they’re very affectionate, they’re clean,” he said.
The problem is, he runs the entire farm on his own ? that’s a lot of animals to feed and care for.
Including Lucky, a female goat who broke her leg right after having her baby.
“She’s got a catastrophic double compound fracture,” said Mayfield.
It’s a lot, and he needs help, so now, he’s got 20 people signed up to socialize the goats every day for the next month.
The goat cuddlers come in each day and spend about 30 to 45 minutes simply cuddling and petting each of the baby goats ? apparently they like it so much they’ll often fall asleep right in their arms.
Once the kids have had their fill of cuddles, it’s on to the next phase of their socialization ? goat yoga.
No, they won’t be practicing their downward dog, there will be a human class, at the farm, in a goat paddock.
“They like the human contact and even the babies will climb on the yogis and dance around and play as they wish,” said Mayfield.
But don’t expect them to trade in their pajamas for stretchy pants any time soon ? they’re pretty content, and cozy, just as they are.