Surbiton pygmy goat attacked by foxes
5:47pm Wednesday 23rd May 2012 in News
A pygmy goat is recovering after being attacked and bitten by foxes.
Willow was left bleeding from his neck and back following the mauling at the end of last month (April 28).
The four-month-old was given a slim chance of survival but after being nursed back to health by dedicated staff at Stone Lion Veterinary Hospital in Wimbledon is now on the road to recovery.
Owner Terry Kerman, who lives in Surbiton, expressed his gratitude to the vets who helped save Willow and warned pet owners against "bold" foxes.
He said: "Willow is a tough little thing and we’re so grateful he has pulled through this awful ordeal.
“His close shave is a reminder to all owners keeping pets outdoors that foxes are an increasing threat, even in urban areas.
"It is rare for them to attack a pygmy goat but they are getting ever bolder and becoming real opportunists in urban areas. Do make sure your pets are safe.”
Now back with the Kerman family, Willow has a new friend to show around his enclosure, fellow pygmy goat Badger.
Alannah Kerman, 14, who looks after the goat with her father, said the pet is recouping and eating oranges and grapes.
She said: “I love animals, and pygmy goats are so affectionate. I was so happy when my parents agreed I could have Willow as my pet.
"He has his own little shed with his garden enclosure and loves oranges and grapes. He’s getting better after the attack and is enjoying showing Badger around.”
Vet Jacqui Griffiths, who treated the goat when he was first brought in, said she was glad to hear Willow was getting better.
She said: "The foxes had bitten his neck and back quite badly and he was also in shock. We treated the bites and gave him pain relief and fluids.
"Pygmy goats aren’t our most regular clients but Willow responded well to treatment and we’re glad to hear he’s so much better."
Pygmy goats originated from Nigeria and The Cameroon Valley in West Africa where they provided meat and milk for farmers.
They were imported into UK in the 1950s for use in zoos as well as research animals and since the early 1980s have been as family pets.
The hardy animal loves company, both human and goat, and is why one should never be kept on its own.
They are fairly easy to keep but need shelter from wind and rain, a well fenced area for exercise and a constant supply of hay and water, combined with lots of love and attention.
Their diet consists of greens and grains and will only drink fresh water.
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