I couldn't resist passing along this adorable video from Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in New York. It features Fern the goat kid, who was rescued this past Spring by a caring passer-by from a goat milk and meat farm, suffering from bad frostbite and a broken leg which the farmer was unwilling to treat:
Such injuries and other painful conditions unfortunately go untreated among farmed animals, especially in larger operations, far more often than the industry would like to admit. Thanks to Stephanie Ernst of Change.org for pointing me to the video of Fern.
I came across another delightful story via Karen Prior not long ago, also featuring a playful goat. This story from Bristol, Virginia has to do with an inexplicable, but inseparable, friendship between a goat and a Lab, who were named Thelma and Louise by the local authorities called in to "apprehend" the unlikely pair on the lam! From Daniel Gilbert of TriCities.com (04/30/09):
“They absolutely love each other,” said Bridget Worley, the receptionist at the (animal) hospital. “When you take the Lab out for a walk, the goat goes crazy. They don’t like to be without each other,” she said.
After a week, the pair (who look like they're up to no good in this picture at least!) still hadn't been claimed, but the authorities hoped to adopt them out together yet, even though that wouldn't be an easy sell. But thank God, they found the perfect fit! According to reporter Mac McLean (05/02/09), Hope Street, who already hosted a dear friendship between a dog and a goat on her farm in Elizabethton, Tennessee, was more than happy to bring the pair home:
And now, thanks in part to Street’s love for all animals and her husband’s desire to have an adult Lab of his own, Thelma and Louise will spend the rest of their lives in a place where their unique and special relationship is actually quite common and understood.
Both articles are well worth reading, and should be a major pick-me-up! And if this story tickled you, be sure to see our post "Billy and the Kid."