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Rescued goat wears duck costume to calm anxiety


A blind baby goat with anxiety has found a cute and cuddly way to ease her fears.

Polly the goat is still a baby. She is blind, has anxiety and has neurological problems that won't allow her to eat normally. That has left her severely underweight.

But a chance discovery and a purchase on a whim has brought some comfort to Polly, The Dodo reported.

Leanne Laurichella found a child-sized duck costume before Halloween. She picked it up thinking that it would be cute for the goats in her rescue group.

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it must be a goat in her duck coat! Happy goatoween!

A photo posted by Goats of Anarchy (@goatsofanarchy) on

Polly has been suffering from anxiety so much that she will go to a corner and start sucking on the wall, Lauricella said. But when the goat rescuer slipped the duck costume on the goat for a quick photo, Polly calmed down.

Lauricella said she tried to calm down Polly with anything she could find, including a traditional ThunderShirt or being wrapped in a blanket.

"There's something about that duck costume that calms her. She goes into a little trance. She just closes her eyes and she's out," Lauricella told The Dodo.

If Polly has an anxiety attack, Lauricella slips the costume on her.

Going to a store is no big deal for Polly. She rides in the shopping cart just like any kid.

Polly doesn't just have the duck costume. She also has a pig and fox outfit, but Lauricella said that the duck is Polly's favorite.

If you would like to help Polly or the rest of the animals at the Goats of Anarchy rescue group, click here.


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