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Man Shoots Goat On Side Of Highway … And Saves His Life

For months, the image below has been a common scene for drivers on the Western Highway outside of Melbourne, Australia.

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Vimeo/Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

The goat probably escaped from a nearby farm earlier this year. Unfortunately, months went by and he never found a better place to live.

Of course, alongside a busy highway is no place for a goat. Concerned people inundated the phone lines of police, rangers and local wildlife rescue teams, but nothing was getting done.

Until somebody decided to do something about it.

Vimeo/Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Vimeo/Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

The man aiming the tranquilizer gun above is Manfred Zabinskas from Five Freedoms Animal Rescue. He worked alongside Edgar's Mission to safely relocate the goat to a home far away from the dangerous cars.

The tranquilizer startled the goat, but soon, he'd be off to his new home - a heaven on Earth for rescued farm animals.

Vimeo/Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Vimeo/Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

The team showed him lots of love when the sedative kicked in.

They wanted to make the whole experience pleasant for the goat - as pleasant as getting shot in the shoulder for your own good can be.

Vimeo/Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Vimeo/Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

They gave him a name: Hopetoun, the name of the park near his highway home.

They also gave him a cozy bed of hay to sleep on while the truck traveled to the Edgar's Mission sanctuary and rehabilitation center for rescued farm animals in in Lancefield.

Vimeo/Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Vimeo/Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

After the short trip, they arrived at his new home, far away from the deadly cars and trucks.

The team lead Hopetoun through the fence to meet his goat roommates ...

Vimeo/Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Vimeo/Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

... who happened to be pretty spankin' pumped to meet the new guy.

Vimeo/Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Vimeo/Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Before Hopetoun could even smell his first goat butt, he was surrounded by new friends ...

Vimeo/Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Vimeo/Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

... more than he could've ever hoped for.

Vimeo/Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

Vimeo/Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

"While little Hopetoun may think today's the worst day of his life, it's actually the best," said Pam Ahern, founder and director of Edgar's Mission, in a video. "From now on in, he'll get to live in a sanctuary with lots of other happy goats. He'll never have to worry about food or water or cars or being shot at. It's the first day of the rest of his life."

Animals such as Hopetoun should be free of harm caused by humans. That's the belief of Edgar's Mission.

If you'd like to support the work of this sanctuary and rehabilitation center, consider donating. You can also follow the link to learn more about what they do.

Watch the full video below.