Goat and Gosling Make Unlikely Friends, Help Each Other Heal
Unlikely friendships abound in animal shelters, but it’s not every day that you hear about a goat and gosling becoming the best of buddies.
Meet Hemingway the Goat and Ryan the Gosling
Hemingway the goat was just 6 weeks old when he was dropped off at the front gate of Farm Sanctuary’s California Shelter. Malnourished and crawling with lice and fleas, it was clear right away that this poor baby boy had been neglected by his previous owner. Luckily he found his way to Farm Sanctuary, and with a lot of love and care, little Hemingway slowly regained his strength.
While Hemingway was finding his feet again, another new resident had arrived at Farm Sanctuary’s California Shelter. With bowed legs and a quirky walk, Ryan the gosling had a little trouble getting about, but that didn’t stop him from trying.
Despite being abandoned, Ryan had imprinted on humans, making him one very friendly goose. He loved being in the company of his caregivers, especially as he grew more and more active.
When Help Arrives In An Unexpected Form
Just as Hemingway wasn’t ready to join the goat herd, Ryan wasn’t ready to join the geese flock, but both were in desperate need of a friend. Although subdued at first, Hemingway had quickly become attached to his caregivers and would cry out each time they left him to tend to their other duties. Ryan was equally as dependent, and due to his super friendly nature, he was also terrified of being alone.
Since the pair of them were clearly craving animal companionship, the Farm Sanctuary team came up with the plan of housing Hemingway and Ryan together. Nobody knew what exactly was going to happen, or if the plan would even work, but to everyone’s delight the two of them hit it off and became the best of friends.
Hooves and Wings Won’t Get In The Way of Friendship
Goat or goose, all animals feel happiest when they are surrounded by their herd mates (or in Ryan’s case, flock mates), and no matter how much attention sanctuary staff can give, it can never be enough to replace the kinship of their own kind.
Even though Hemingway has hooves and Ryan has wings, neither one of them let that get in the way of their budding friendship. They both needed someone to help them through those times when they felt lonely and afraid, and that’s exactly what they found in each other.
No longer does Hemingway cry when caregivers leave his stall, and Ryan’s anxiety has completely disappeared. Providing the comfort and security that every young animal needs, they helped one another heal and in turn formed an inseparable bond.
Sanctuary is not just a place where rescued animals go to live, it’s a sense of peace that animals feel when they are finally safe. Hemingway and Ryan found sanctuary within each other, and whatever their future holds, they’ll never forget this special time.
Photo Credit: Farm Sanctuary