Updated 03/11/2013 05:22 PM
Baby goat goes from Greek life to sanctuary life
From the busy college life to a more relaxed nursery setting, a young goat has had quite the journey. After spending time at a fraternity house, the young farm animal was turned over to the right people to take proper care of her. YNN's Katie Husband introduces us to the kid who is a bundle of joy to have around.
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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Meet Maxie. She's the newest member of the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen. And only a few weeks old, she's already full of life.
"Extremely energetic, she bounces around most of the day and then just goes right to sleep right afterwards," said Colin Henstock, Farm Sanctuary, placement coordinator.
Maxie moved to the Watkins Glen location last Wednesday after her first home didn't quite suit her needs.
"Well, we heard a rumor last week that a fraternity at Cornell had purchased a goat and so we called the SPCA of Tompkins County to see if they heard about the situation and it turned out that Maxie was already on her way to them," said Henstock.
Sigma Chi had Maxie, who they called Bella, for a short time. Even though she didn't have a bad life at Cornell, it's the sanctuary's responsibility to take these animals in and give them the proper care.
"Educate the public about the plight of farm animals in today's modern agriculture. We take in farm animals from rescue situations and we rehabilitate them here and we tell the public about their stories," said Henstock.
Farm Sanctuary officials say the fraternity house did the right thing by contacting the Tompkins County SPCA. After bonding with Maxie, they realized she needed more comprehensive care.
"She is an individual that has very specific needs and she does need to be in a place that not only has the right intentions for her, but the right set up to accommodate her," said Henstock.
Maxie will continue to get special care because she is so young. But when she gets older, it looks like her permanent home will remain in Schuyler County.
"Well, we knew that she was an individual and we try not to adopt out just individual animals, so we're going to try to get her to be a member of the herd and to actually have some companionship here. We didn't want to send her out into a home where she was going to be on her own again," said Henstock.
So for this well traveled goat, it's better for her health and well-being to be among those of her own kind.