January 14, 2016
Associate Editor, HuffPost Hawaii
Need someone to cuddle a furry farm animal? Don't worry, the Internet's goat this.
Earlier this week, a Virginia farm put out an online ad seeking volunteers to cuddle and bottle-feed newborn baby goats -- and, in true Internet fashion, people all over the country flooded the farm with applications.
"We have had such an overwhelming response to our call for goat snugglers, you guys are awesome!" a representative for Caromont Farm wrote on its now-defunct Facebook page. "Unfortunately we could not fit all of you on to our volunteer schedule."
Caromont Farms in Esmont, Virgina put up an online ad seeking volunteers to feed, cuddle and love their newborn goats.
Caromont Farm, which specializes in making goat cheeses, is expecting to see 90 baby goats (aka kids) born on the farm starting in February, according to local news station NBC29. Since the farmers have to milk the mothers shortly after they give birth, volunteers are needed to bottle-feed the babies 24 hours after they're born.
Volunteers are also required to play, snuggle and generally love the newborn goats in four-hour shifts beginning next month and ending mid-March.
To protect the babies from the winter cold, they are placed in heated pens filled with hay and given tiny sweaters. The farm is basically a baby-goat-cuddling heaven.
A prime example of expert goat cuddles.
Since all the volunteer slots were quickly filled, Caromont Farm has decided to host a "Goatapalooza" to appease all the hopeful snuggle bunnies that didn't make the cut.
"We want to get our community more involved," Izzy Zechini, the farm's sales and events manager, told the Washington Post. "We're kind of out in the middle of nowhere."
On April 3, Caromont Farm will open their doors to the public from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. for "anyone who would still like to come get some goat love in," the farm wrote on Facebook, according to CBS6 News.
As long as the kids are wearing their tiny sweaters, you can bet we'll be there.