Levi is a fainting goat so it’s extra sweet that Avery looks out for him. Fainting goats have a recessive genetic condition called myotonia congenital which causes them to stiffen and/or fall over when startled or overly excited. This makes them especially vulnerable to predators and must be frightening for the “fainting” goat who actually remains fully conscious and is just uncontrollably limited in mobility. Thankfully the recovery is fairly quick once no longer startled.
Over the past 6 months, Levi has started to develop arthritis in his frontal carpal joints. He does better on pain management but occasionally hangs back near the barn instead of playing with and grazing with everyone else. If Avery does not follow him into the barn, Levi will call to him from the pasture gate. Without fail, Avery hears his buddy and runs to his side.
Despite his challenges, Levi’s life is often spent pretending he is invincible, challenging and playing the other goats and sheep. Amazingly, the other animals appear to understand and respect Levi’s helplessness when he faints, giving him time to recover before resuming play. Maybe they just don’t want to answer to Avery. 😉