Not kid-ding around: Students pet away stress with baby goats

Goat number 1030 looks out from a pen at Kansas State University's Sheep and Goat facility on Feb. 12, 2017. (File Photo by Regan Tokos | Collegian Media Group)

Why pet a goat? Organizers at Moore Hall ask, why not pet a goat? Due to their wacky and energetic nature, some say goats are the internet’s new cats.

Moore Hall’s “Stroke a Goat” event on Tuesday attracted over 50 residents who herded together to snuggle and get pictures with a pair of baby goats to destress before the end of the semester.

The two little goats were provided by Kansas State’s Sheep & Meat Goat Center, with both of them only being two weeks old.

“They said baby goats, and I was there,” Natalie Leonard, freshman in open option, said. “I thought that this event sounded really fun, and though I wasn’t particularly stressed coming to the event, it made me smile and laugh.”

"Stroke a Goat" attendees put a Derby Dining Center hat on one of the baby goats.

Sam Wilcox, senior in architectural engineering, said the resident assistants at Moore Hall were inspired by the acronym used to describe the “Greatest Of All Time” when looking to plan a social event.

“We knew that we wanted to do a goat-themed event, and the name ‘Stroke a Goat’ just rolled off of the tongue,” Wilcox said. “The original plan was to bring in the goats and then tie in the acronym with how K-State is the GOAT. Instead, it just turned into an opportunity for our residents to relieve stress.”

Makenna Ayers, freshman in special education, holds a baby goat at the "Stroke a Goat" event outside Moore Hall.

Despite the sudden shift to colder weather just minutes before the event was scheduled to begin, Wilcox said the event didn’t seem to be hampered, lasting the scheduled two hours.

“This event really helped relieve some of my stress by giving me something fun to do that allowed me to take my mind off of my upcoming finals for a little while,” Makenna Ayers, freshman in special education, said.

Several students agreed that seeing the goats improved their moods, and one student said the goats seemed just as happy to see the students.

“It was a good break from my hectic schedule,” Angela Gaggiano, freshman in animal science, said. “One of the goats even posed for my picture!”

A baby goat posing for a photo in the arms of Angela Gaggiano, freshman in animal science.