Newman: Newborn goats stolen from Lions Animal Park
The Newman Lion’s Club is appealing to the community for help after two four-day-old goats were stolen from their paddock during the Easter long weekend.
Caretaker Josh Andrews said he was at the Lions Animal Park on Thursday night feeding the animals, but when he returned the following morning the newborn twins were missing.
“If it was an eagle or a hawk only one would be missing, plus the mum was pretty good at protecting them - she had them under the tunnel and they were always sort of undercover,” he said.
“The police here were informed straight away that day, they’ve got their feelers around the place.
“I want them back but I’m not holding my hopes very high.”
The newborns have been missing for four days, the longest they have been separated from their mother.
“She was stressed out — she still does her calls like you’ll go down there and she will sort of look around and call out a bit and not get a response,” he said.
The goats require special care, which includes feeding them specialised juvenile powered milk, to help build their developing immune systems.
Mr Andrews said if someone tries to raise them on normal cow’s milk they will end up with “diarrhoea and it could kill them”.
The missing twins were the first to be born this season and their kidnapping has led to Mr Andrews removing the four other heavily pregnant goats from the park.
Mr Andrews started looking after the animal park a year ago and said he was in the process of building it up after being decimated by local dogs.
“It is sad because this park is just for the kids and for people visiting town who don’t ever get close to these animals,” he said.
“It is pretty sad when the little ones go because they are best things for the kids.”
The plan for the goats born this season is to carefully raise them to be gentle and used to human touch so in the future visitors will be able to interact with the goat herd.
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