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An Anatolian and his Goats

by Barbara Garayalde of Luck E-G Anatolians

   It was an amazing discovery the day I realized my herd of Nubian dairy goats were responding to the danger warnings of my Anatolian male, Turk, even though he was restrained and they were free to roam.
   Due to a barn fire a few months before, the goats were being temporarily housed in a small shed area by night, and let out to browse our acreage by day. The fire had also taken out much of our corral fence, so Turk was kept on a long run at the goats' shed area.

[Picture of: Akil Turk of Luck-E-G]
Akil Turk of Luck - E - G

   The goats' first venture into the woods that spring met them up with a bobcat. This was their first time out ever without a dog by their side. After that, they tended to go no further than the edge of the woods - about a quarter acre from Turk's area.
   I soon became aware that whenever Turk perceived danger, he would give a certain bark, and the goats immediately came back to him. The first time I saw it happen, I thought it was a coincidence. After repeated incidents, there was no doubt; Turk and the "girls" had a remarkable bond and communication.

[Picture of: Maranda's Eb of Luck-E-G]
Maranda's Eb of Luck - E - G at six months.

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