Well, 2016 has been an intense year. Brexit, Drumpf. Brangelina. But every so often, something catches our eye, warms our heart and suddenly things don’t seem quite as tough.
Polly is a baby goat (she’s just a kid, badum tssh).
(Srlsy, who knew goats were so cute?)
Unfortunately, Polly’s got some pretty serious medical issues. She’s blind, as well as having neurological problems that affect her ability to eat, so she’s really underweight for her age.
On top of all of that, poor Polly suffers from anxiety.
(Yes, that is a goat in a freakin’ dressing gown)
When her owner, Leanne Lauricella, who runs a goat rescue group called Goats of Anarchy (guys, goat rescue groups are a thing), went shopping just before Halloween she caught sight of a child’s duck costume, complete with a big orange bill and two webbed feet.
So she bought it for her kid. Polly. (Sorry, the kid pun was too good to only use once).
(I think Polly is also wearing a nappy, in case you weren’t already squealing)
In addition to looking adorable, the duck costume turned out to have a wonderful side effect. Lauricella says: “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.”
(Look at the flippers, guys. The flippers!)
Now, whenever lil’ Polly has a panic attack, Lauricella whips out the duck costume, puts her in it, and voila! Instant calm.
And it doesn’t end there. Because she’s what we call ‘a bringer of joy’, Lauricella went back to the store and bought some more outfits. Here’s Polly as a pig.
(ha, take that Peppa.)
And a fox.
(In this one it does look a *little* like the fox is eating Polly, but somehow it’s still cute.)
Thanks to Lauricella’s excellent work taking care of Polly, she’s starting to grow and soon, she won’t be able to fit into the duck costume any more. But Lauricella thinks she’s found the solution; a new rescue goat and ready-made BFF, Pocket.
(It’s a tiny goat being cuddled by an even TINIER goat.)
Lauricella noticed that when she lay teeny Pocket on Polly’s back, “It was almost like that duck costume. I’ve noticed that anytime he’s lying next to her, she just gets calm. I’ve never seen her do that with another goat here.”
See – didn’t that make 2016 just that little bit better?
All Images: Goats of Anarchy