Baby goat rescued in Tracy Arm doing well in Anchorage

Posted: Thursday, June 05, 2008

An orphaned mountain goat kid rescued from a rocky ledge in Tracy Arm arrived in good condition at the Alaska Zoo on Tuesday in Anchorage, according to curator Shannon Jensen.

John Gomes / Alaska Zoo
John Gomes / Alaska Zoo

"She was bright, alert and responsive," Jensen said. "We took her to the vet Tuesday morning, and her hydration level was good."

The 3-week-old female goat, named Tracy by the tour boat crew that saved her, had been stranded alone on a rocky slope in the fjord south of Juneau after its mother fell into the sea and drowned last week.

Capt. Steve Weber of the Adventure Bound received a permit from the state Department of Fish and Game to capture her, and on Monday she was turned over to Fish and Game personnel and transported by plane to Anchorage.

"She's been drinking her milk and nursing," Jensen said Wednesday. "She's very active ... and loving towards people."

The 11-pound baby goat stands about a foot high at her shoulder, Jensen said. Tracy is in quarantine at the zoo, but the staff is modifying a 60-by-60 foot bear cub pen with rocks and a hill. They expect her to go on display in a few days.

"They are so rare (to see in a zoo)," Jensen said. "You just don't see orphaned mountain goats because they're so far out in the wild. They usually die."

Tracy will be the first mountain goat to be displayed at the zoo.

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