Barry the goat's bad luck
Barry the goat has a deformed face, broken leg, terrible luck, and no mates, but still manages a smile for the camera at Lindale Farm north of Paraparaumu.
Having climbed onto a picnic table five weeks ago for a better nibble on a tree at the farm, Barry fell off and broke his left front leg.
A cast was placed on his leg, and farm operators Virginia Wilton and Wendy Rigarlsford set up a donation box to pay for his vet bill.
Unfortunately, last week the farm barn was broken into - thieves trashing the inside of the building and stealing Barry's donation box.
Wilton said Barry was the unluckiest goat in the world.
''He is absolutely hideous, but he is just such a lovely goat.
"He was born with that big roman nose, and the bottom of his jaw juts out too far so he can't even chew grass properly. Now he's broken his leg.''
Now Wilton and Rigarlsford are offering up their services to any local businesses to help raise money for Barry's bills, but say they won't do nudity.
Wilton said the girls are prepared to barbecue for Barry, or bar tend for Barry, or any job that can raise Barry some much needed money.
''We don't make an awful lot of money here. Most people would say why bother, but Barry is world famous in Lindale, and everyone loves him. He's just hopeless. We will come down and do some work for anyone, we'll do anything, but we won't go naked.
''But seriously, we're a couple of farm girls and don't mind getting dirty for a good cause.''
They are hoping to raise about $1000 for Barry, which will go towards his vet bills and to make him a nice new home at Lindale, as the other goats won't let him into their paddock.
''He had to be nursed back to health from an inch of death earlier this year because he had a parasite. After that they won't let him into the paddock. So we want to pay for his leg and stuff, and also build him a new home where he can live on his own.''
Barry's cast is expected to come off in about two weeks, and it's hoped he won't try climbing on picnic tables again in the near future.
Wilton said she can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or at 027 443 2541.
- Kapiti Observer
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