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Smallest ever pygmy goats arrive at rare breeds farm

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 07, 2011

  • Pygmy goats Brian and Bradley, at just five inches to the shoulder, are dwarfed by a week-old lamb at Totnes Rare Breed Farm. Pictures: Steve Haywood

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These tiny twins are the latest in a line of super-small pygmy goats born at a Devon farm and visitor centre.

The newborn kids – Brian and Bradley – weigh little more than a pound and continue an unusual run of seven consecutive males bred at Totnes Rare Breeds Farm, Littlehempston.

Barrie Tolley, who owns the attraction with partner Jacqui, says the latest brood are the smallest he has ever seen.

"They are phenomenal and about half the size of normal pygmy goats. I can hold one in one hand and they are no taller than five inches at the shoulder – somebody thought they were guinea pigs."

Mother Priscilla is a regular size for the breed but pint-sized father Charlie is much smaller, hence the petite offspring.

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