Billy & Lilly – an unusual surrogate mom!

Someone sent me this article and I just had to share it with all my goat loving friends.  I don’t know who the owners are but since this article is being sent freely via the internet, I didn’t think it would be a problem to post it on my site.

A paternal dog has adopted an abandoned baby goat as his surrogate child.  Billy the boxer has become the constant companion of the 12-day old kid called Lilly. He sleeps with the goat, licks her clean, and protects her from any dangers at Pennywell Farm wildlife centre at Buckfastleigh, near Totnes, Devon.att00136

The kid was abandoned by her mother when she was only a few hours old and adopted by paternal Billy when his owner Elizabeth Tozer began hand rearing the goat. The unusual bond has developed over the last month and the pair is now inseparable. Elizabeth said: ‘Lilly follows Billy around which is really quite amusing to watch and Billy sleeps with the goat and cleans her mouth after she feeds.’

Billy the boxeatt00139r protects his little kid.Lilly was the smallest of a litter of three kids and her mother abandoned her because she could only care for the two stronger ones.  The pair have attracted quite a crowd at the animal centre and the staff are keen to see how their relationship will develop.

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One Response to Billy & Lilly – an unusual surrogate mom!
  1. lucien
    May 21, 2009 | 3:01 pm

    it’s amazing.