Wheely good news for baby goat
A baby goat born unable to walk properly has been given a new lease of life.
Now Bowie, a Nubian goat only weeks old and born with contracted tendons in its hind legs, can get about using a set of walker wheels.
Rosalind Wingate, who volunteers at Tucker’s Farm in Paget along with daughter Roxy Crockwell-Lawrent, turned to social media for help after Bowie’s problem was spotted.
Ms Wingate got four offers of wheels to help Bowie get around.
She said: “We received a medium size set which were too big for him and then someone else had a set of small which is perfect.
“He will grow out of them and hopefully grow into the medium.
“He can put his legs down on the ground – the wheels are there to stop him falling over, so we hope that he will gain some strength in his legs and eventually be able to walk without the wheels.”
Ms Wingate said Bowie had managed a half-a-mile walk in Somerset and had taken to the wheels very well.
She added: “When we first put him in the wheels he was super curious and his mission was to nibble the trees.
“He can stand without the wheels now and is trying to run but it doesn’t end very well.
“I’m hoping that someone will be able to adopt him.”
Bowie was born on Tucker’s Farm, Paget on January 2 and it was soon obvious that the otherwise healthy animal struggled to walk.
It was found he had tendon problems which prevented his hind legs from bending.
James Tucker, the owner of Tucker’s Farm, said: “Goats are herd animals, so if anyone is able to adopt him it would be preferable if they had another goat to keep him company, or some other farm animals.
“He’s doing really well – he’s a little rock star.”