Better luck for Barry the goat

BEN STRANG
Last updated 13:02 12/12/2012
Barry the Goat
BEN STRANG / Kapiti Observer

TV stardom: TVNZ cameraman Tony George captures Kelsey Westrupp and her mother Naomi feeding Barry the goat at Lindale Farm on Monday.

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In a matter of days Barry the goat's miserable luck has taken a turn for the better, as donations to cover his vet bill and shelter construction have come flooding in.

After becoming an internet sensation on Friday, when the #barrythegoat Twitter hashtag even trended in New Zealand, hundreds of people have pledged money to Lindale Farm.

The story on kapitiobserver.co.nz was shared more than 150 times on Facebook and prompted a visit to Barry by One News for a story on Monday night.

Barry's owner Virginia Wilton said the farm now has more than enough money to pay his vet bill and to build a  shelter.

''What we want to say is thank you, but we have more than enough money now,'' she said.

''We don't want to be greedy. The fact is that the people at Kapiti SPCA are the real animal heroes, and they deserve money much more than us and our hideous goat.''

To pass on some of their good luck, Ms Wilton said she and co-owner Wendy Rigarlsford bought 40 battery chickens to the farm on Monday.

"We've had such a good reception, we thought we'd pay on some good luck and take 40 chickens out of the factory and bring them to the farm.''

With the Observer story, and the follow up by TVNZ's Matty McLean on Monday, she said the farm had been bombarded with calls of support.

A vet from Wellington had even offered to give Barry braces to fix his jaw, and to provide future vet care.

Ms Wilton urged people to donate to the Kapiti SPCA from now on, rather than to the farm.

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