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Harper & Atticus

12764501_10153840847415569_8613028455523499271_oOn a bleak Saturday in the Fall of 2015, multiple sanctuaries rescued over 120 animals from a backyard butcher in Montgomery, NY.  These poor animals were kept in horrendous conditions — crammed in barns with little food and living space.  Woodstock Farm Sanctuary took in 5 sheep, 6 pigs and 9 goats, who were by far the sickest of all those we rescued.  Most of the goats had pneumonia, lice, and worms and little did we know, a few were also pregnant.

Atticus sporting his fashionable jacket

Atticus sporting his stylish jacket

Stella the goat came to us from this rescue and initially tested positive for pregnancy, but later tested negative.  False pregnancies are very common among goats so when her second test came up negative, we thought that she had a false pregnancy.  After another goat, Tova, gave birth unexpectedly (to two healthy babies!), we took Stella into our medical barn to get her reevaluated, along with the other 6 female goats that we rescued from the backyard butcher.  On February 19th, Stella gave birth to two healthy babies, Harper (multi-colored) and Atticus (white).

Concerned Atticus trying to help his sister Harper who just can't today

Concerned Atticus trying to help his sister Harper who just isn’t quite as fashionable

Harper and Atticus have become quite friendly with the rest of the Tiniest Herd.  Harper is extremely inquisitive and loves hanging out with all of her new friends.  Atticus is extremely friendly and affectionate, not to mention fashionable!  So fashionable in fact, that he has been featured in an article from The Dodo and even in some international news!  Stella is a loving mother and can now live her days in peace knowing that her babies are safe.

July 2016: We learned that Harper, Prince and Stella had become extremely anemic from an internal parasite—so much so that Harper was in danger of not making it through the night if we didn’t take immediate action. Thanks to a blood donation from fellow goats Clover and Fern, Harper, Stella and Prince received an emergency blood transfusion and are now recovering. Read the full story here.