Meet Polly. She’s a baby goat that suffers from blindness, neurological problems and anxiety who recently found her way to the Goats of Anarchy rescue group. On a whim, caretaker Leanne Lauricella bought Polly a child’s duck costume—and when she put it on something amazing happened.
When Polly can’t find Lauricella, she frantically runs around the house, crying her heart out. Polly also has some weird habits, which Lauricella thinks are linked to her anxiety issues. “She’ll find a corner of a wall in the house, and she’ll just start sucking on the wall,” Lauricella told The Dodo. “So all the corners in our house have these little suck marks from her mouth.”
When Lauricella put the duck costume on Polly for a photo, something amazing happened. “As soon as I put it on her, she just instantly got calm,” Lauricella said.
Apparently, other costumes work just as well, though the duck costume is Polly’s favorite. More traditional methods of treating anxiety in animals didn’t have the same effect, which is just as well because it doesn’t get cuter than this.
Being a baby goat, it is inevitable that Polly will outgrow the costume. But Lauricella has hope—Polly has become best friends with a new rescue goat named Pocket, and she remains calm whenever they are together.
“I’m hoping she won’t need [her duck suit],” Lauricella said. “I hope that Pocket becomes her duck suit.”
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