I gave Eutzly a carrot the other day. I broke off pieces in chunks he could handle because, left with an entire, whole carrot, Eutzly would gnaw and gnaw on it, going ’round and ’round ’til he broke off a piece he could easily eat, a slow process but a challenge he happily chews.
Eutzly’s teeth are strong and sharp, fit for chewing bark, small branches, and all manner of thorny, thistly stuff, and at 14 ½ years those teeth seem good as ever. They even serve double duty because a goat is a ruminant and yucks up his food to re-chew it after hurried browsing. I posit that this behavior, gobbling food and later slowly digesting it through rumination, is a survival mechanism in the wild: eat quickly while out in the open and retreat to a haven to thoroughly digest food. Continue reading