You Want Fries with that Wattle?

One of the cutest things about our dam Pasqualina, who is already pretty darn cute if you ask me, is the fact that she’s the only one of our goats with a wattle — that dangly flap of skin that sometimes hangs from goats’ necks.

I say “sometimes” because not all goats have them, and the ones that do can have one or two. Pasqualina has just one.

Consensus is that wattles are something leftover from evolution that no longer serve any real purpose, and that kids, no matter the State of the Wattle in their parents, have a 50/50 chance of being born with a wattle or two. I’ve read that some people who show their goats lop off any wattles just after birth because conventional wisdom says that goats without wattles show better.

Whatev. We think wattles are adorable — and so very goaty — so there was actually much glee when we noticed that little Pinta has not one, but two wattles!

By the way, in Italian, the wattle is called an “orecchino,” which means “earring,” so I tend to refer to them as earrings in English too. So much more sophisticated than a wattle!

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5 Responses to “You Want Fries with that Wattle?”
  1. Vanessa

    Oh i saw those and wondered what they were called/ for.

    Wattle is SOOOOOOOOOOOO Ally Mcbeal. ha ha ha.

    Haha, I was actually going to mention Ally McBeal and then forgot…gotta love Sky!


  2. 04.03.2010

    I, personally, have never known a goat, but I’m in love with your adorable little ones.

    Thanks! We’ll take that as a compliment 😀


  3. Pam

    Our Sammie has two and I love cute! xoxo

    Hee hee…*love* the wattles!


  4. 05.25.2013

    oh, they are soooo cute! we too have two little darlings. both with wattles. 🙂


    michelle Reply:

    Hee hee…love those wattles!


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