Monday, February 26, 2024

Dressing Up Like a Duck Helps This Baby Goat Deal With Anxiety

While we’ve never seen a goat and a duck interact, we’d like to believe they’d get along. The below photo of a rescue goat dressed up in a duck costume gives us hope that they would.

The Dodo reports that Leanne Lauricella—who runs a goat rescue operation in New Jersey called Goats of Anarchy—purchased the costume just before Halloween, thinking it’d be fun and cute to dress her baby goats in it. She was, of course, right, but a baby goat named Polly formed a special bond with the duck outfit.

Polly is blind, severely underweight, and suffers from crippling anxiety issues that cause her to cry out in a panic when she can’t find Lauricella and do other odd things. “She’ll find a corner of a wall in the house, and she’ll just start sucking on the wall,” Lauricella told The Dodo. “So all the corners in our house have these little suck marks from her mouth.”

But the duck costume seemed to temporarily cure Polly’s issues. “As soon as I put it on her, she just instantly got calm,” Lauricella said, adding that it worked better than any other methods she’d tried.

“I tried a ThunderShirt — it didn’t work,” she said. “There’s something about that duck costume that calms her. She goes into a little trance. She just closes her eyes and she’s out.”

Lauricella also puts the suit on Polly when she takes her out in public.

Photos and videos of Polly dressed in her duck costume in a shopping cart received thousands of likes and views on Instagram, but apparently some haters had their doubts about the necessity of the suit.

“Some of yall don’t believe me,” Lauricella wrote in a subsequent Instagram post. “Polly loves her duck suit. Polly NEEDS her duck suit. It puts her right to sleep. Tonight she was feeling anxious because I’m too busy to sit with her. I put her duck suit on and she’s totally happy. It instantly soothes her! Its the strangest cutest thing. This is not abuse, this is love.”

Polly has also tried on pig and fox costumes, but clearly prefers the duck one, according to Lauricella. “I’ve started regretting that I didn’t buy the next size up,” she said.


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