This Anxious Goat Only Calms Down When Wearing A Duck Costume

by Mike Julianelle
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A rescue goat that suffers from anxiety finds her happy place inside a duck costume

Sometimes a cure for your problems comes in the unlikeliest form. And for one anxiety-ridden goat, that unlikely form is a duck costume.

Seriously. And it’s adorable.

That’s what caretakers of Polly, a rescue goat, discovered pretty much by accident when they brought the costume back from the store.

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Yahoo shares the sad but also, adorable and hilarious story of Polly the nervous baby goat.

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Polly, blind, anxiety-ridden, and suffering from other neurological disorders, is cared for by the good people at Goats of Anarchy in New Jersey. They don’t always put duck costumes on their patients, but when they do, it works like gangbusters. At least it does for Polly.

Leanne Lauricella, the owner of Goats of Anarchy, a rescue organization dedicated to caring for baby goats with special needs, found the kid-sized duck costume while shopping for Halloween. Little did she know that Polly, who’s quite attached to Leanne herself, would instantly fall for the duck outfit.

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“As soon as I put it on her, she just instantly got calm… 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.”

Now, whenever Polly has an anxiety attack, the duck outfit is deployed. And 100% of the time, it works every time.

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You know those people who can’t help dressing their animals up in goofy outfits? It usually seems like the insanely tolerant pugs or cats or bulldogs aren’t actually all that into wearing Christmas sweaters or dressing as movie characters. But Polly the blind and anxious goat is a different story all together. I can’t decide if she looks ridiculous or ridiculously adorable, but I’m pretty sure the answer is both.

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Hey, I’m not here to judge. Everybody has their own happy place, their own special something that keeps them from going over the edge. For me, it’s bourbon and some good tunes. For Polly it’s an absolutely absurd-looking duck costume that’s sure to give someone out there nightmares.

But more power to this poor little goat. If only I could find some kind of magical outfit that would cause my 10-month-old to calm down and fall asleep as quickly and routinely as Polly’s duck costume does.

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