The Ball Pops


Dateline: Stringtown Rising Farm

Farm officials say at least four chickens remain in bunkers after an explosion on Monday. It was around 5 p.m. when the explosion occurred, rocking the farm’s goat house. No significant damage was reported to surrounding buildings and no injuries have been verified. Farmers were unable to contain the explosion, but alerted authorities of the potential public danger. Authorities warned nearby residents as well as farmers and animals to stay indoors if possible, with doors and windows closed, though no evacuations were ordered. Shortly before the explosion, a goat known on the streets as Rotunda was seen lurking in the area, and is currently being retained in custody.

The explosion was heard miles away. Residents across the countryside said they heard a loud boom and that they could hear the earth shake.

Emergency crews were unable to do anything but look for wattles and bring some hay.

According to one Woman on the scene, “Luckily, the goat house was built for this sort of thing.”

When the dust cleared, two tiny kids were discovered inside the goat house with the suspect. She had no comment on the disaster other than to say, “I’m a very small goat. I don’t know what all the fuss is about.”

She’s expected to be held in the goat house for an undetermined period of time pending further questioning, and fondling of the kids.

P.S. Two. Both boys. Fainter crosses.


  1. Sheila Z says:

    Only two? That was one round goat.

  2. wannabee says:

    Oh my gosh they are CUTE!

  3. NancyL says:

    So very adorable! Are you SURE there aren’t 3 or 4 more in there?

    Nancy in Iowa

  4. bonita says:

    Sure she isn’t hiding 2 more? …They are truly cute, though

  5. themandabear says:

    Awww look at the adorableness. Will they be sold?

  6. CindyP says:

    Cute!! I love the light colored one…finally 1 taking on the Mama’s colors ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Rah says:

    I’m pretty sure there was an August day when pregnant me looked exactly like that first picture. That’s hilarious! Poor Rotunda. Congratulations, and what precious babies!

  8. Granny Trace says:

    :snoopy: OH HAPPY DAY!! So cute…Two!!
    Granny Trace

  9. twiggityNDgoats says:

    Adorable kids!! Congratulations.

  10. galagal says:

    They are so cute and your update was GREAT. lol

  11. Flowerpower says:

    Ahhhh….2 bowling balls! Glad nothing was damaged in the neighborhood by the explosion! I expect she feels much better today!
    Darling little things! Do you think they have inherited their mothers penchant for cookies? :happyflower:

  12. KellyWalkerStudios says:

    OMG! Cutest things ever….and boy, she must feel so much better.

  13. Auntie Linda says:

    So Cute! Congratulations to all on this happy occasion!

  14. Yankee in NC says:

    Hard to believe that belly only held 2 kids! They are gorgeous! Congrats!

  15. LisaAJB says:

    Yay! It would be cool to have an after picture of Nutmeg to compare how big she is after the explosion. Baby goats have to be the cutesy thing ever. Thanks for sharing.

  16. ingrid66 says:

    Thank goodness that wasn’t all fat. Cigars all around!! :happyfeet:

  17. lavenderblue says:

    OMG! Too, too cute. Poor Rotunda, let that poor baby rest. Is she a good mommy? And how come the picture of the baby on the bottom looks like a wolf? The color, the expression. Since he’s a boy and, sadly, probably not staying at Stringtown, can we name him Wolfie? Or “Jacob”, for all the “Twilight” fans? Can we, can we? Huh?

    Could it possibly been a one night stand? :dancingmonster:

  18. [email protected] says:

    Hey i was right..there were 2 babies! they are adorable. please put more pix on so we can see especially with mama. She was humungus and now out of misery in this heat. So happy for you all. How many mouths to feed does that make you there on the farm?

  19. TinaBell says:

    Awww, little darlings. I wonder how much weight Mama lost? I’d like to see an “after” picture of her, too.

  20. wildcat says:

    Oh, the cuteness! I can barely take it this early in the morning! Congratulations to Nutmeg! :happyflower:

  21. chickenherd says:

    Oh, how absolutely adorable! It’s a miracle every time it happens, isn’t it? Even if it’s chicken eggs. Because every small farmer loves baby fluff. :happyflower:

  22. Liz Pike says:

    Finally!!! And they are sooo cute!!!!! I agree with LisaAJB, let’s see before & after pics of Nutmeg!

  23. IowaCowgirl says:

    The explosion was felt west of the Mississippi too. What power! What nice outcomes!

  24. VAfarmer says:

    Beautiful babies Suzanne! Congrats to you on being a grandmaaaaaa! I have one about to pop this week as well, though I have to say she’s not nearly as big as your little girl was. I do remember, though, that our pygmys used to always get HUGE when pregnant, even with just one or two babies! My Java is a first time mommy so I’m hoping for the best, and a break from this heat!

  25. Julia K says:

    The babies are precious. Congrats!

  26. mrnglry says:

    I remember feeling about like her one August in Bakersfield 50 years ago. How relieved she must feel. I had a beautiful baby too, but one was enough for me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ My daughter will be 50 on the 18th.

    Grace in CA

  27. ladybird_1959 says:

    Congratulations, Nutmeg! The are both handsome!

  28. sam says:

    What lovely little boys. Rotunda no longer.

  29. whaledancer says:

    That’s about the cutest little goat face I’ve seen. Nutmeg must be so relieved. I’ll bet she can’t wait to get her girlish figure back.

  30. holstein woman says:

    One like mommy, one like daddy? Cute little balls of activity. Congratulations and very good outcome. Funny news release.

  31. Miss Judy says:

    Awwww…daily life on the farm. Just goes to show it isn’t all mud and poop out in the country! They are so cute! What’s the little dark one growling about? LOL

  32. Zusiqu says:

    Adorable babies! I could’a sworn there was more than 2 in there.

  33. cabynfevr says:

    Funny post! She must feel SO MUCH better. Congrats!

  34. JerseyMom says:

    Oh, I’m GLAD for Nutmeg! What a relief!! Awesomely cute babies too, of course. Will you wether and/or sell?

  35. littlefeet757 says:

    I was wondering what the loud boom was yesterday evening! I live in Virginia Beach and heard it clear over here! Never would I thought it was little ol’ Rotonda. Cute babies!

  36. marymac says:

    Love the story. i just knew she was prego, and that no way was she just big bellied fat!!1 Love it.

  37. Diane in Upstate NY says:

    Is that it? I thought she was acting as a surrogate mom for Beulah Petunia, by the size of her.

  38. boulderneigh says:

    Woman, I think you need to import water. YOURS has something in it that only produces BOYS! (Glory Bee was conceived elsewhere, was she not?)

  39. Madeline says:

    Ok now don’t you feel bad for making fun of Ms. Rotunda’s belly?? She was PREGGERS! I think she deserves extra cookies all week.. !!! CONGRATS..what cute kids.

  40. Turtle Mom says:

    Awwwww…. The boys are so cute! I love their coloring! One item on my bucket list is to own one of your little goats some day. First we need a home in the country. I really enjoy your blog and hearing about all your animals. Thanks for sharing!

  41. Leck Kill Farm says:

    Thank goodness! I was seriously concerned she would explode.

    Do you handle the new babies to get them comfortable with humans? Or are goats naturally friendly?

    I ask because I would have a hard time not picking them up and cuddling them.

    • Suzanne McMinn says:

      Yes, we handle the babies. You can’t help but handle the babies. Babies tend to be skittish no matter what, it seems, if you let the mothers nurse them. Bottle babies are the really tame ones. The babies don’t really get friendly until after they get older, stop nursing, and figure out the cookie situation.

  42. patrice says:

    Congratulations! I looked just like that pregnant. Somehow it looks better on her.

  43. BuckeyeGirl says:

    …or you could do what I did, smuggled them up to my room to sleep with me when I was a kid (with kids). That gets them very friendly, especially when they wake up before the human kid does and come downstairs for breakfast before the human kid does.

  44. yvonnem says:

    BOYS AGAIN?! They are precious little things! I guess if they were girls, it wouldn’t be good, since they shouldn’t be bred with Mr. Pibb. He is the proud papa, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  45. chickenherd says:

    What are you going to call them? Since they’re Nutmeg’s babies, do they get spice names like Thyme and Clove and Basil?

  46. Ms.Becky says:

    oh my. can cute get any cuter?

  47. alba says:

    I am sure Nutmeg will have her girlie figure back in no time. The boys are beautiful, How could you sell them I’ll never know but thats farming for you.Congrats Susanne & Nutmeg.

  48. JaniceAndrea says:

    The cutest shrapnel in the world.

  49. Sonia says:

    Oooooh!!! I love the name Basil…as in Basil Rathbone!!! Ok, if I had more fenced in area, I would love to grab them both up ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Gem says:

    “… but look for wattles and bring some hay” Choking on my coffee HYSTERICAL!

  51. leneskate says:

    So cute and I am so glad it was two cause she was bursting!!
    Congrats, Nutmeg.

  52. mainelysochi says:

    Looks like that 2nd baby is snarling at the photographer! Very funny!

  53. Chic says:

    OMG…she was HUGE! It’s hard to believe a little body like that can stretch that much..geez. I LOVE that little fellow in the last picture…what a sweetie. Every time I see your goats it makes me want to buy some. Enjoy your new babies!

  54. elfoss says:

    they r so adorible!

  55. elfoss says:

    wow. how dose nutmeg get that big?!? the babys are adorible though.

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