Meet Frostie the Snow Goat. At just a few days old, Frostie’s pitiful little bleats pierce the ears and the heart just like the cries of a human baby.
Just like human babies, baby goats otherwise known as kids, long for the company of their mother, they yearn for her sweet life-sustaining milk and they have the strongest desire to be safe and warm.
Poor little Frostie on the other hand had none of these things. What he did have was one of the worst cases of lice infestation and dehydration the amazing carers at Edgars animal sanctuary had ever seen.
Unfortunately for poor Frostie, these these were not the worst of his woes. Frostie also had a debilitating and life threatening condition known as joint navel ill.
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. Necessity became the mother of invention as the sanctuary worked to save and enrich the life of their newest little rescue.
You really have to give some credit to the amazing people at Edgar’s Mission who rescue and care for these beautiful little creatures.
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Originally posted 2014-06-21 17:58:30.