CASEY: Name the new passed out goats on Mill Mountain! | Local News
This means that they are fainting goats, also known as “Tennessee Fainting Goats.” Little critters have a recessive gene that causes their paws to lock up when they are frightened. This can cause them to fall or “pass out”.
They are housed in the zoo’s “shoe”, an enclosure with a small attached barn just inside the zoo’s front door.
The Casey family are deeply interested in the names of the animals at Mill Mountain Zoo. This dates back to 1999, the year after the birth of our youngest – Zach -. He will be 23 in August.
At that time, I was working at night at the photocopier, which meant that my work day started at 4 p.m. Late every morning on those days (and on weekends too), I would take Zach to the zoo on my bike. I strapped it into a bicycle cart, put a baby helmet on my head, attached the cart to my mountain bike, and walked up Prospect Road, where we visited the animals.
There was little rain – remember the drought back then? And Zach and I have visited all year round – even when winter daytime temperatures plunged into the teens. Around this time, my worried parents gave Donna and I a little toddler-sized down snowsuit to keep Zach warm. He also sported down clip-on slippers and a down headwear.
Regardless, the first animal Zach and I would inevitably see upon entering the zoo was a llama. Her name was Nina. Little Zach loved to feed Nina’s grass. And it came to pass that the very first word in his mouth was “Nina.”