As a terrified and injured goat raced about a busy road, cars swerved and mayhem was caused. But two things became clear: first, that animals flee from danger for the very same reasons we humans do—they wish to protect their life; and second, that humans are programmed to care, as Roger’s saviour saw a creature in trouble and knew just what he had to do. Tracking down the trembling animal, he was soon able to hand Roger over to local animal control officers, who ferried the fearful goat to a local vet clinic for assessment. Whilst Roger gave no hints as to how he had found himself in such a bizarre circumstance, some old bite wounds on his hind legs told of a nasty encounter with a dog.
Surrendered into our care, it took no time for Roger to claim prisoner our hearts as we endeavoured to win his. But clearly, a past devoid of much kindness and good nutrition meant this would have to wait as delicious hay, goat mix and a warm straw bed beckoned to his every desire. Our task of reconciliation with this dear boy was not aided by a treatment regime of medications and injections, and although this would heal his physical body, we knew the greater task of healing his soul lay ahead.
Now, some weeks on, little Roger revels in kindness, grassy paddocks and his own little kid goaty clan, of which he is king. Witnessing this frightened, injured and thin goat blossom into the cheeky leader he has become is a reminder that animals matter, to them and to us. Roger that!
We pay thanks to Roger’s kind saviour for ensuring this safe and happy outcome.