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The Rock-itt : January 2014
At Edgar's Mission dreams really do come true! 2013 saw 2035 anim als com e through our farm gates, many in a dire condition and all facing untimely ends had not good fortune stepped in. Each and every rescue, a touching and inspiring story of kindness and in the dying days of 2013 one of our m ost am azing rescues took place. We share it with you now... "He’s nobody’s goat, he’s nobody’s goat." That was the message that went out recently regarding a large white male goat and his three off siders. Running free for ov er five years, the wily troupe trav ersed the mountainous range of Mt Gisborne; navigating fences and surviving inhospitable terrain but due to their potentially deadly proximity to busy, major roads, the time had come for their dare devil escapades to end. Giv en their keen sense of agility and quick turn of speed, coupled with the vast domain on which they roamed, the prospects of corralling the goats was nigh impossible and so a cull order had been sort. If you would like to a make a donation to support this incredible rescue effort please send your tax deductable donation to Edgar's Mission, 365 McHargs Road, Willowmavin, Vic. 3764 or ONLINE www.edgarsmission. org.au. “Pam, I hate to even ask this but is there any chance you could...?” Our hearts sank at the prospect before us, and whilst we know that no one would have judged us harshly had we not attempted this rescue, giv en the enormity of the task and short window of opportunity, we wanted to giv e it our best shot (pardon the pun)- it was, after all, Christm as- a time of joy and goodwill. But we knew we could not do it alone. No posse of kind hearted foot soldiers would hav e ev er been able to convince the goats to surrender their life on the run and so it was to our dear friend Manfred, from Five Freedoms Animal Rescue that we turned. Manfred is not only an expert aim with a dart gun but is also possessed with great knowledge of the intricacies of trapping free roaming ‘wild’ animals. Most importantly, he is too possessed with the kindest of hearts. Ov er five gruelling hours in painstaking heat and challenging country, Manfred stalked the goats; hiding behind trees, silently listening for m ov em ent, binoculars poised for any sign of the foursome. And one by one he found them, bringing their adventures to a temporary halt. The task of retrieving the down anim als was ham pered not only by the steep mountainous country but also by the jungle-like grass and cursed scotch thistles that too had claimed the land as their own. So high, thick and dense was the v egetation in places that if the person standing next to you bobbed down you could not see them for love nor money. And when not doing battle with these elements it was the acute angle of the pine forest's earth on which we stood that saw us bottom surfing south! But somehow, after some time, we did it!! And in the back of Nobody’s Goat A Christmas Story of Hope