Goat learns to live on front knees

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Many weird and won­der­ful an­i­mals have found a home at the South Waikato SPCA and Hairy the goat is one of them.

SPCA man­ager Lorna Hutchin­son met Hairy two years ago.

The ‘‘ hairy lit­tle bug­ger’’ re­ceived the name from his shaggy look.

Neigh­bours of a Pu­taruru farm made a com­plaint about a goat walk­ing up and down the road on his knees.

‘‘The own­ers were mov­ing off the farm and he said he was go­ing to shoot him,’’ she said.

But Hutchin­son be­lieved it was ‘‘cruel’’ to shoot him just be­cause he could not walk prop­erly.

A trip to the vet­eri­nar­i­ans re­vealed his long toe nails were pre­vent­ing him from stand­ing.

‘‘You can imag­ine try­ing to stand on that [as a goat],’’ she said.

But the dam­age had al­ready been done from walk­ing on his knees and he continues to do the same.

The hardy goat has out­lived ex­pec­ta­tions.

‘‘ He cov­ers a lot of ground ac­tu­ally,’’ she said.

Hutchin­son de­scribed him as love­able and in­of­fen­sive and his pa­tience dur­ing feed­ing time has gained him the ti­tle of an ‘‘old gen­tle­man’’.

But Hairy is not the only unique an­i­mal on the Toko­roa farm.

An al­paca, geese, chick­ens and even pea­cocks have all made one big happy fam­ily.

There was even a more­pork which was de­liv­ered in a Burger King bag.

No wor­ries: Hairy the goat has beaten the odds and lives a happy life at the South Waikato SPCA.

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