Marmite the black goat melting hearts
Not yet a month old, Marmite the little black goat, is on his way to celebrity status after becoming a World Vision ’’Smiles’’ ambassador, helping the charity promote goats as gifts for vulnerable families around the world.
Goats help provide families with milk, meat and manure, as well as a source of income through selling off-spring.
Marmite was discovered three weeks ago at just a few days old wandering alone around limestone cliffs on a farm in North Waikato by Stuff journalist Amanda Saxton who was rounding up sheep.
She scooped Marmite up and called her news editor David Gadd who already owned two goats, and somewhere in the short time since, his star potential was noticed.
Gadd’s 12-year-old daughter Imogen said having a goat as a pet was fun but she recognised that goats also had the ability to transform the life of a family in need.
‘‘That’s why we support the World Vision Smiles gifts. Giving opportunity sure beats giving socks.’’
On Thursday Marmite was a guest on TV One’s Breakfast show and he even has his own Twitter page featuring photos and videos of his day to day activities.
World Vision chief executive Chris Clarke said in communities where the organisation works goats had the power to change the life of a family.
‘‘Living in poverty often means living close to the edge where any change in circumstance can have a huge effect on a family’s life. The economic resource, nutrition and income of a goat provides family’s we work with security to overcome those challenges.
‘‘If you give a goat, that gift won’t be forgotten. A family in Myanmar will never forget being given a goat.’’
Marmite, who is now teething, has also become a vital part of the Gadd family, taking turns sleeping with either seven-year-old Zoe, or older sister Imogen.
Zoe would like it to be known that she is the principal mother of Marmite, and came up with the name because of his dark coat resembling the favourite New Zealand breakfast spread.
Zoe’s favourite thing to do with her goat child is to feed him bottled milk. Sometimes she takes him outside to play.
The only thing that Marmite can do wrong is gnaw the Christmas tree.
‘‘He eats the Christmas tree, he eats everything,’’ Zoe said.