Zen Goat And The Zoo

We headed to the Nashville Zoo Labor Day for the afternoon. My office was closed both Friday and Monday and let’s just say I could really get used to a 4-day weekend. We did see, just barely, one of the new clouded leopard cubs in a pen in the petting zoo area, but it was asleep.

The girls brushed this extremely pregnant goat. Can you imagine being this pregnant and having hundreds of little kids clamoring to brush you and touch your burgeoning belly? There’s not enough good hay in the world.

Preggers Goat

Tolerant Zen goat, ommmmmm


Miss C, the Lorikeet Whisperer


Carousel ride


Glimpse of fall

Nashville Zoo has several upcoming events this fall that sound like fun, including Harvest Days Sept. 26 and 27 and Zoo Ghouls At Grassmere October 16-18, 23-25, and 29-30.

For more pictures of our family day at the zoo, visit my photo set on Flickr.

So what did you and your family do for the Labor Day holiday?


  1. Jim Bartoo says:

    Hi Blonde Mom.
    Our goats are actually not pregnant. Just getting old. At older ages, goats tend to loose the muscles that keep that gut tucked in (insert image of old guy with beer belly here). Thanks for the post.

  2. Jamie says:

    Thanks Jim for the clarification. I know how that goat feels after a big meal (thinking ahead to Thanksgiving!)

    We had all kinds of animals on our farm growing up, but no goats.
    .-= Jamie´s last blog ..Zen Goat And The Zoo =-.

  3. Bluegrass Mama says:

    Didn’t they pop up in the bubble in the meerkat exhibit and pretend to be Timon? That’s my very favorite thing at the Nashville Zoo!
    .-= Bluegrass Mama´s last blog ..Site Upgraded =-.

  4. Valerie@CookingSharp says:

    The goat’s “beer belly” gets that big? Wow! At least she’s not itchy!

    Petting the animals is such a great part of being a kid! I remember at he old Birmingham Zoo, you could stretch waaaay over and reach into the corner of the bobcat cage and scratch their chins. That’s been changed now, for some reason…
    .-= Valerie@CookingSharp´s last blog ..103 Uses for Your Turkey Fryer Cookbook =-.

  5. Rachel says:

    I volunteer at the nashville zoo every summer and last summer i worked with these goats. The goat in the picture above is named Double Stuffed because he looks like a double stuffed oreo. Btw, he’s not pregnant just loosing the muscles around his stomach. A lot of them look like this now and everybody always asks if they’re pregnant, but none of them are.

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