Maine baby goats become YouTube sensation
HOULTON, Maine (WHDH) -- Kathryn Harnish and Rob Lawless moved to their hobby farm in Houlton 10 years ago. One of the animals on the farm is a Nigerian dwarf dairy goat named buttermilk. She is 6 weeks old and she is a new YouTube sensation after a video of her jumping over other goats made it on the today show on Tuesday.
"One of my colleagues from out in Ohio had said, ‘I think I saw your goat on the Today Show.’ I thought yeah, right. Then another colleague who lives in Houston said, ‘your goats are on the Today Show.’ I better go figure this out, so I went and looked and sure enough there they were talking about our goats from London," said Harnish.
Harnish posted the video of Buttermilk on Friday. She said at the time that if the video got a thousand hits, she and Rob would make a $25 donation to farm sanctuary that helps rescue and rehabilitate farm animals. Now their hurdling goat has been seen by millions!
"So we made the donation for the first thousand views of the video and we're talking with farm sanctuary about how we might be able to work together to help benefit the work that they do," said Harnish.
Harnish said Buttermilk has been jumping around pretty much since she was born, but what they captured on video was a first.
"When we brought her out the day to run in the yard and took the video that was the first time we had ever seen the real sort of karate kid move," said Kathryn Harnish.
"The kicking and knocking them over. That's the first time she'd ever done that. We'd never seen her kick the other ones over before. So it was sort of serendipity that we caught it on video," added Rob Lawless.
While Harnish and Lawless still can't believe all the attention their little goat has received in a short amount of time, they don't think it'll change.
The video has since been viewed over 3 million times.