Are two heads better than one?

One of my passions is using things a bit differently than their original intended use.  I have acquired some milk cans which I use to store alfalfa pellets, definitely good storage and food safe.  After all, they were for milk!

Late one night, I filled the goats’ bucket of warm water for them.  Just as I started out, I heard a metallic clang.  Even though there is a steel cabinet in their stall area, I was really puzzled as to what it could be; there just wasn’t anywhere that two pieces of metal could clang.  Silly human . . . you have goats, don’t you?

When I went to the door, this is what I saw!

Capri was enjoying alfalfa pellets so much that daughter Ginger decided to join her.  Not all good ideas are.

Capri was enjoying alfalfa pellets so much that daughter Ginger decided to join her. Not all good ideas are.

Capri had been knocking over the milk can and eating pellets from the edge; it was harmless so I didn’t concern myself about it.  Apparently, this time they were too far back and she reached in farther for them.  Well, her second daughter, Ginger (first baby born here), must have decided what is good for mom is good for daughter.  In she went with her head, cannot let mom have all the good stuff to herself.  The clang was the can hitting the cabinet.

Now all could have been good.  However, when two goats decide it is crowded and one needs to back out, it does not always go as anticipated.  Since Ginger’s neck was thicker than Capri’s, this was not working for Ginger to pull hers out.  I’m not sure how long they were like that; I’d like to think only a few minutes.  The good part is they both remained calm, much calmer than their goat momma was when she saw them, and did not injure themselves.

Okay, pulling out a head isn’t working.  Help!  I called my neighbor who helps me in emergencies and, over the last dozen years, has gotten familiar with the bizarre stuff I sometimes do.  When he finished laughing, he said he would be over in a few minutes.

Okay, I have to be able to do this. Oh, wait, our Australian Shepherd puppy, Sheila, got her head caught in a cream can several lifetimes ago.  Butter, etc., didn’t work!  Nothing worked; we thought we might have to saw off the can, poor puppy.  Our very calm motherly neighbor came over, bent down, pushed Shelia’s head farther in, pulled the skin on her neck back out of the cream can, and out came her head!  This just might work here.  What I was doing so far certainly wasn’t working.

Stay calm.  Think about this a moment.  Ginger’s neck is thick.  Capri’s neck is thinner.  Let’s push Ginger’s head in farther, push the excess skin in also.  With the free hand, get Capri’s collar and guide her out.  Voila!  It worked!  As soon as Capri’s head was out, Ginger’s came right out easy as could be.  I quickly called my neighbor back and told him he didn’t need to come after all.  He was impressed that I had thought of that.

UPDATE:  Now you might remember me saying that I had been told the best thing about goats is how smart they are, and the worst thing about goats is how smart they are.  One would think they might not do that again.  However, two years later, after they finally had their own barn, I went out there to this.  Now the milk cans with alfalfa pellets and sunflower seeds are stored outside their pen.  Even we humans can learn.

Capri decided to get her own alfalfa pellets again.  Only this time the daughters involved were smaller and no one got stuck though the littlest (and oldest) one could have gotten lost.


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