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Goat kids cuddled
"Pygmy Kid Cuddles" by Laura Wolf;
used with permission under CC BY 2.0

Once a male and female have mated, it takes about 5 months of pregnancy before the baby goat (or, kid) is born. The doe can have 1 to 6 kids per litter, but it is much more common to have a small litter of 1-3 kids. The act of giving birth is called kidding--no, we are not kidding *hehe*!

Kids can be born with or without horns, and are often able to stand within minutes of birth and are able to walk with their mom almost immediately. Kids are usually very social with other young goats. Pygmy goat kids, especially, love to run around, jump off of everything, and bug their moms for all the attention. Luckily they are so, so cute.