First, Rufio’s mother rejected him because he couldn’t stand — instead supporting his healthier twin sibling, who had a better chance of survival. And since she would not allow him to nurse, Rufio went without the immunity-boosting colostrum that he needed to be healthy.
Had he been healthy, Rufio — like his twin — would have been raised for meat. Sadly, even on smaller family farms, animal families are rarely permitted to stay together; goat kids who are used for meat, for example, are slaughtered at just a few months of age. Goats are herd animals, though, and they bond with their families for life when given that chance. Unfortunately, they rarely enjoy this basic right on most farms today — and no matter how they’re raised, it is never humane to slaughter someone who wants to live.
And Rufio clearly wanted to live with every fiber of his being; when he was found, however, he was on the brink of death. At first, the farmers didn’t even know that he existed; since Rufio’s mother had left him to fend for himself, they believed that she had given birth to only one kid, not two. They found him lying helplessly in a field the next day, and it seemed that Rufio did not have much time left. So they brought him into their home to keep him safe from predators, gently placing him in their bathtub so he could pass away peacefully.