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Video: Seven kid goats born in Northern Ireland prison

Hydebank Wood College this week welcomed the birth of seven kid goats.

The Saanen-crossed pygmy kids were delivered by two students who have been learning about animal husbandry as part of their rehabilitation.

Goats were introduced to Hydebank Wood College two years ago as part of an animal therapy initiative for students.

Vocational training officer and part-time farmer Ricky Graham has been working with the students, teaching them basic husbandry skills and watched over them during birthing of the kid goats.

Michele McElnea, business development officer at Hydebank Wood College, said: “The therapeutic value of looking after and caring for animals is widely recognised and initiatives like this are helping us to support the young men in our care, challenging them to change, and helping to build a safer community in Northern Ireland.

“We’ve provided these two young men with an opportunity to develop new skills. They’re now working towards a qualification in animal husbandry and keen to pursue careers in this field once they leave the college, which is a very positive example of the work being done by the Northern Ireland Prison Service.”

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