Bouncing pygmy goat quadruplets are a real spring rarity – and you can help name these four cute kids

Rees Eagle with his rare set of pygmy goat quadruplets and their mum Holly, at his family's home in

Rees Eagle with his rare set of pygmy goat quadruplets and their mum Holly, at his family's home in Kenninghall. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Four bouncing, bleating bundles of joy have brought a springtime surprise for a Norfolk family – with the arrival of a rare set of pygmy goat quadruplets.

The rare set pygmy goat quadruplets born in Kenninghall. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The rare set pygmy goat quadruplets born in Kenninghall. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The young kids, two billies and two nannies are part of a back-garden herd kept at the home of the Eagle family in Kenninghall, near Attleborough.

Their mother, Holly, can only feed two, so the two billies are being bottle-fed by hand.

Rees Eagle, 19, said the whole family was surprised to find that one of their pregnant nanny goats had given birth to quadruplets.

'My mum went up in the morning and saw three of them by the water bowl – but then there was another one behind,' he said. 'She was pretty surprised.


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'I was pretty shocked too, because they normally have two kids as a maximum. A lot of people have been saying it is very rare. You never see four being born.'

Mr Eagle, who also breeds Gloster canaries, works on a pig farm at North Lopham, near Diss, with his brother Kieran, who also helps to look after the goats in his spare time, along with mother Sue and father Barrie.

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'We all pitch in to look after them, and to keep up with them,' he said. 'We spend a lot of time with them and they are always jumping around. They are funny little things, but that is what we like about them.'

The goats live in a purpose-built shed, with a straw bed, in the family's back garden. The new arrivals bring the total number of goats to 10 – but five nannies are still expecting their babies.

'One of them I have bought recently is looking fairly big and looking to kid this month so we will see what she gets,' said Mr Eagle. 'If we get another forum, I would have to speed up the bottle feeding.'

Mr Eagle said the family had so far been too busy with the new arrivals to choose names for them – but he said he would consider any suggestions put forward by our readers.

What do you think the kids should be called? Leave your comment below, or email chris.hill@archant.co.uk.

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