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Governors Island's Baby Goats Named Browser and Pearl

By Julie Shapiro on June 15, 2012 2:57pm 

Pearl, left, and Browser, right, are living on Governors Island for the summer of 2012.
Pearl, left, and Browser, right, are living on Governors Island for the summer of 2012.
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Earth Matter

GOVERNORS ISLAND — The kids finally have names.

The two baby goats that are living on Governors Island for the summer have been called Browser and Pearl, island staff announced this week.

The 9-week-old cuties, who are both female, are spending the summer at the Governors Island's composting center, munching on discarded food scraps and small branches.  

Last month, the Trust for Governors Island asked the public for help naming the goats, and more than 50 people responded with suggestions.

A quick favorite was Browser, suggested by Melissa Gould for the larger of the two goats, a long-eared Saanen-Nubian mix.

Earth Matter, the nonprofit that runs the composting center, agreed that Browser was a fitting name because that's exactly what goats do — browse for food and break it down into composting material.

Staff at Earth Matter then chose Pearl as the name for the smaller goat, a La Mancha, because of her off-white color and tiny pearl-shaped ears, the organization said.

The goats are on loan for the summer from Goodale Farms on Long Island, where they were born.

They joined the chickens, worms and bees that already make their home at Earth Matter's composting center.

The center, on the far side of Governors Island near Picnic Point, is open to the public when the island is open on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays.

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