Three-legged Boer goat cared for at Coupeville Liquor Store
By NATHAN WHALEN
Whidbey News Times Staff reporter
March 30, 2012 · Updated 9:46 AM
Spring has sprung; the sun is shining and the animals have returned to the Coupeville Liquor Store.
In what is an annual event for the small contract liquor store, Heidi Castaneda of Calypso Farm located near Coupeville has a young goat and a lamb she is bottle feeding for a couple of weeks while she works at the store.
She is currently feeding a Boer goat, named Lego, and a Friesan Icelandic cross lamb named Lexington.
Lego is a leap goat born on Feb. 29. The little goat was born missing one of its hind legs. Castaneda isn’t sure why Lego had the deformity, but he seems to be moving around just fine.
She works at the liquor store two days a week and bottle feeds the two animals between selling bottles of booze and answering customers’ questions. Visitors sometimes have a camera handy to snap a quick shot of the two animals hanging out inside the store.
“The customers love it so much. They look forward to seeing what we bring here every spring,” Castaneda said.
The animals have a blanket and some hay behind the counter and a gate keeps them from wandering around the store.
Calypso Farm south of town raises sheep and goats for their milk along with ducks, geese and chickens for their eggs. Some springs, Casteneda will bring chickens, ducks and geese to the store to feed until they grow larger.
As for how long Lego and Lexington will stay at the Coupeville Liquor Store? The rule is simple.
“They’re here until they get into too much stuff,” Casteneda said.
However, their departure date is likely to be moved ahead. A lamancha goat Casteneda owns is expecting twins any day now. Once they’re born, Lego and Lexington will go home to make room for the two new additions.
Contact Whidbey News Times Staff reporter Nathan Whalen at email@example.com or 360-675-6611 ext. 5058.