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Little nanny goat saved from death pit

Friday, 10th May, 2013

Veterinarian Guillaume Tabuteau with the kid goat he rescued from the meat hole at the tip. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt Veterinarian Guillaume Tabuteau with the kid goat he rescued from the meat hole at the tip. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

By Andrew Robertson

A baby goat that was tossed into the “meat hole” at the rubbish tip owes its survival to luck and a local veterinary surgeon.

BHVeterinary Clinic’s Guillaume Tabuteau was at the dump with one

of his employees yesterday morn- ing when he heard a noise coming from the pit where people usually dump dead animals.

“As we approached the meat hole we heard a bleating sound and saw a bit of movement in a bag,” Dr Tabuteau said.

His fears were confirmed when the employee retrieved the chaff

bag and found a weeks’ old female goat inside.

Remarkably, the animal had no injuries apart from dehydration.

It was taken to the clinic where it was given a solution of glucose and water.

Despite the ordeal the little nanny was able to stand on its own soon after arriving at the clinic.

But Dr Tabuteau said there could

be health implications for the ani- mal if it had not received colos- trum, or first milk, which was important for disease resistance.

The goat will be kept at the clinic until its condition stabilises and a foster home can be found.

Dr Tabuteau said whoever threw the animal into the hole had made no attempt to kill it first.

The rubbish tip is a popular

dumping ground for unwanted pets and for the vast majority, there is no rescue party.

“It’s a pity people are so cal- lous,” the vet said.

“If they don’t want any sort of animal, bring them into the clinic.

“What becomes serious is we don’t know how many have died.” 

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