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Abandoned Goat Refused To Leave His Best Friend Who Passed Away

“It’s really touching to see the bond between them and so sad to think someone could so cruelly abandon them."

When two goats were abandoned under a bridge in England, they huddled up there together, waiting for help. Unfortunately, one of the goats passed away at some point — but the remaining goat absolutely refused to leave his best friend’s side

Even though his friend had already passed on, the goat stayed snuggled up against him, watching over him. After a while, passersby began to notice the poor goat and his friend, and before long, someone finally called the RSPCA for help.

goat stays by his dead best friend
RSPCA

“The man who called us reported that one of the goats had sadly died and his friend had stayed with him, watching over his body,” Nadine Pengilly, an inspector with the RSPCA, said in a press release. “He’d spotted the goats himself that morning but told us a colleague had seen them four days earlier. Unfortunately I fear they’d been dumped here by someone who no longer wanted them.” 

The RSPCA agreed to come out and try to help the goat, but rescuers knew it wasn’t going to be easy. The goat was clearly heartbroken over the loss of his friend, and moving him away from his friend was going to be incredibly difficult. Four members of the RSPCA went out to where the goat had been seen, and hoped they would have enough manpower to lead the goat to safety. 

goat stays by his dead best friend
RSPCA

“Goats can be very strong and their horns can do some serious damage so we always have to be extremely careful when moving them — especially if they’re already stressed, which this poor chap was,” Pengilly said. “Two of us held onto his horns and the others each had a lead rope around his neck. He was extremely distressed by it all, especially having to leave his friend behind. He kept trying to headbutt us all but thankfully we all survived without any injuries, as did he!”

After a bit of a struggle, the group was finally able to lead the goat to safety, and he was taken in by the RSPCA. He seemed to be in good condition, and had no medical issues or injuries. He’s now safe and sound, and his rescuers are making sure that wherever he ends up, he will have lots of new goat friends to play with, to help ease the pain from the loss of his best friend. 

goat stays by his dead best friend
RSPCA

“It’s really touching to see the bond between them and so sad to think someone could so cruelly abandon them here,” Pengilly said. “At least now we know this goat will go on to live a happy life with other goats, just as he should.”

If you’d like to help other animals like these goats, you can donate to the RSPCA