Category: Weird Articles
Published on Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00
Probably no milestone is as chock-full of thrills, chills, excitement and cuteness as a baby's first steps. Frostie the baby snow goat couldn't stand up on his own feet for the longest time but he is now a happy little kid after he received a sweet set of new wheels that has given him newfound freedom to frolick around like all other baby goats.
Frostie came to Edgar's Mission
with a horrible case of lice infestation and severe dehydration. Yet, these were not the worst of concerns as they were all issues that could be readily and easily tended to. It was Frostie's debilitating and life threatening condition known as joint naval ill that sent everyone panicking.
Joint navel ill is a disease that is seen in very young calves and kid goats and results from an infection entering the body via the umbilical cord soon after birth. The causes are often insufficient or poor quality colostrum (a mother’s immune building first milk) or a dirty and unhygienic environment. And in Frostie’s case, the bacteria had spread via his bloodstream and settled in the joints of his hind limbs. This saw his joints become swollen, hot and painful, so much so that Frostie was unable to use them.
The condition infected Frostie's hind legs, leaving him crippled and causing him severe pain just trying to stand. The Edgar’s Mission farm animal sanctuary in Australia put him on a regimen of antibiotics and painkillers, but he needs to remain in motion to flush the disease’s toxins out of his system. With the introduction of his custom wheelchair, which, in addition to helping his joints, seems to have given his morale a clear boost as well. Just look at that adorable smile on his face!
A video of the jolly goat, shared by Edgar's Mission, a nonprofit farm animal rescue sanctuary in Victoria, Australia, shows the newly mobile goat happily trotting around and eagerly wagging his tail. The video is probably the cutest and most heartwarming thing you have ever seen! If this doesn't put a smile on your face, you are a heartless monster.
His tiny wheelchair was donated to him by Leon Trotsky. Leon Trotsky is a little piglet at Edgar's Mission who previously used the wheelchair to successfully recover from a crushed pelvis.
Frostie is receiving loads of tender loving care from the kind folks at Edgar's Mission, who dedicate themselves to caring for farm animals and giving them a shot at a normal life. We hope he gets better soon and we send him many virtual hugs and kisses!