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Photo By Eoin Devereux

Pictured are Cordelia (left) and Dimitri (right) Smith posing with the ever-playful Alfalfa, the newest resident of the Neepawa Bird Sanctuary. Cordelia and Dimitri won the Bird Sanctuary committee’s naming draw contest in a group effort.

By Cassandra Wehrhahn

Neepawa Banner & Press

Neepawa’s newest resident has been named. Momma goat Clover’s now four week old son, as of Monday, July 23, has been aptly named “Alfalfa”.

Known as “Alfie” for short, the baby goat is now quite active and can be seen playing around their enclosure at the Neepawa Bird Sanctuary.

Sanctuary core committee member Brenda Ferguson was pleased with the response the naming event received. “We had a good response,” Ferguson elaborated. “We made a few bucks for the bird sanctuary and there were a lot of interesting names.”

The selection of the name was a surprise to everyone, being a “random draw”, as Ferguson stated in an interview.

Dimitri Smith, one of the kids who submitted the name, was all too happy to have been able to name Clover’s child, stating that he has “known Clover for a very long time”.

“I’ve known her since she was his [Alfie’s] size!” Smith relayed with exuberant excitement. The name proposition was a team effort with Dimitri Smith’s sister, Cordelia Smith.

Alfie can expect a lot of visitors in the days to come, as hinted at by Ferguson. The core committee member made note that there has been a new influx in attendance, stating with pleasant amusement, “They all just make a beeline for the goat”.

Alfalfa was born to Clover in the early morning hours of Monday, June 25. The Bird Sanctuary’s committee devised the naming contest shortly after his birth, leaving colouring sheets at the Town of Neepawa office, the Banner & Press office, and the Public Library for any who may have been interested in suggesting a name. Participants wrote their suggestions on the sheets, then dropped them off at the Town office before the July 12 deadline. Each participant also paid a small fee of $2 per entry, which was put toward the purchase of animal food for the sanctuary’s residents.