Leanna Lauricella is a pretty smart gal! When one of the goats at her rescue group Goats of Anarchy was struggling with an unusual problem, she had a novel idea. By taking the “thunder shirt” idea and adding a slight twist, she was a able to ease Polly’s suffering.
But now the little goat is becoming an internet sensation…
Check it out per People:
Polly, a goat living at the Goats of Anarchy animal rescue in New Jersey, is blind and has neurological problems, both of which contribute to her anxiety. This year she found a way to help battle these negative feelings: putting on a kid’s duck costume. It’s a solution that makes Polly feel better and us feel better, too.
Here’s the rest of the story, courtesy The Dodo:
It all started when Leanne Lauricella went shopping at Marshalls before Halloween. She was browsing the aisles when something caught her eye – a child’s duck costume, complete with a big orange bill and two webbed feet.
Lauricella runs a goat rescue group called Goats of Anarchy in New Jersey. She thought the duck costume would look cute on her baby goats, especially the newest rescue goat named Polly. So she bought the costume and took it home, not thinking too much of it. Little did Lauricella know just how much Polly would love that duck costume.
Polly is a baby goat with serious medical issues. She’s blind, has neurological problems that affect her eating ability and is severely underweight for her age. She also suffers from anxiety.
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.
The duck suit seemed to have the same calming effect as a ThunderShirt, or being swaddled in a blanket. But for Polly, the duck costume worked better than anything. “I tried a ThunderShirt – it didn’t work,” Lauricella said. “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.”
By mimicking the close warmness of the maternal bond, “thunder shirts” are able to comfort, calm, and put even the most high-strung animals at ease. Originally designed to help frightened pets ride out the strange noises of thunderstorms, they’ve since been adapted for a great many other uses.
This is the first time we’ve seen one quite so, uh, ducky…
What do you think of sweet Polly?
Have you ever had a pet with a disability?