Despite being viciously stabbed five times in the chest and abdomen, tied to a tree stump and left to die in the dense bush surrounding the Siqab informal settlement in Philippi, the Nanny Goat surprised the nursing assistants of the Animal Welfare Society of SA , who worked around the clock to ensure that she survives.
“It takes an evil human being to be so cruel to such a gentle animal who must have been terrified throughout the vicious attack,” says the Animal Welfare Society of SA.
“We almost never told her story for fear that it would have a tragic ending but in hindsight, we are so glad that we did and even happier with the amazing response that it solicited,” they add.
Many heartfelt responses started flooding in from animal lovers across the country wanting to know how they could help and also wishing to know how she was doing.
On Thursday, September 2, the AWS team cleaned her wounds for the umpteenth time to keep the infection controlled and the goat stood dead still despite it being a very uncomfortable procedure.
“She seems to sense that she is in a safe haven and is being nursed back to good health by caring, capable hands and has fully regained her appetite which for any ruminant (an animal that chews the cud) is always a very good sign,” the Animal Welfare Society of SA said.
Regardless of how she landed up in Philippi, the Animal Welfare Society of SA has decided to not return her to the farm where she was either sold on or stolen from, but to rather place her in an accredited animal sanctuary where she can safely live out the rest of her life in the company of several other rescued farm animals.