Depressed goat refuses to eat for 6 days—when rescuers learn why, they take ‘drastic actions’

Most animals would be overjoyed to be rescued from a place where they were subject to abuse or neglect, but for a goat that was rescued from a hoarder in California, he reacted otherwise. When rescuers realized the reason behind his behavior, they quickly took “drastic actions” to help him.

In 2014, Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch adoption center in Grass Valley, California, took in a goat named Mr. G, after the animal was rescued from “the property of a woman who could barely care for herself, let alone the dozens of dogs she hoarded and three barnyard animals,” the Animal Place sanctuary wrote on their website.

The 10-year-old goat had been living with a burro (a small donkey) named Jellybean for a decade. Both were separated, however, as the sanctuary could only take in Mr. G. Thus, another sanctuary took in Jellybean. Little did the staff at the shelter know that the separation would have a great impact on Mr. G.

After “Mr. G arrived stressed from his eight hour transport,” the staff “allowed him his solitude,” but soon noticed that he refused to eat.

“He spent his days lying in a corner of his stall, barely lifting his head. Staff tried every treat—molasses, sweet grain, apples, wetting down food…nothing worked,” the website wrote.

The staff even “physically moved Mr. G to ensure he didn’t spend too long lying down.”

“He refused to go outside or eat, but there was nothing physically wrong with him,” Animal Place caregiver Jan Galeazzi told Cosmopolitan.

When the health examinations revealed that Mr. G was completely healthy, the staff realized that the goat had been “in mourning, assuming his friend Jellybean had disappeared forever.”

“He was inconsolable,” the organization wrote.

The staff knew they had to take action after seeing Mr. G starve himself for four days, so they planned to bring Jellybean over. A volunteer from Animal Place drove a 14-hour round trip to pick up Jellybean from the other sanctuary for the two friends to reunite, even though they had never looked after a burro before.

Once Mr. G heard the sound of Jellybean being unloaded, he perked up for the first time since arriving at the sanctuary.

From a video taken by the organization showing Mr. G’s reactions when Jellybean arrived, he was almost like a new goat all of a sudden.

“He had refused to eat for 6 days because he missed his friend,” the organization stated in the video. However, “within 20 minutes of being reunited, Mr. G started eating!”

Seeing the best friends reunite after six days, the staff could see that “animals have the ability to form friendships and feel deep emotions, just like us.”

The two animals will be permanent residents at the sanctuary instead of being put up for adoption.

Watch their sweet friendship below:

Photo Credit: YouTube Screenshot | Animal Place.

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