This is the story of Polly. She currently lives in New Jersey, with other various rescue goats and a human, Leanne Lauricella, who runs a magical group called Goats of Anarchy. Polly is new-ish to the group and has struggled, like many rescues do. According to The Dodo, Polly has a lot of medical issues. She suffers from anxiety and has neurological problems that affect her eating, so she’s severely underweight. She’s also blind.
Lauricella was out shopping for Halloween costumes and bought a child’s duck costume, because she thought it might look cute on her animals. And while, yes, it definitely did, it also proved to be something so much more than just the makings of adorable animal pics.
Polly, who cries desperately and runs frantically around the house when she can’t find Leanne, became instantly attached to it.
“As soon as I put it on her, she just instantly got calm,” Lauricella told The Dodo. “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.” (That sound you heard was exhausted moms everywhere running out to get duck costumes for their babies on those sleepless nights.)
So now, whenever Polly suffers an anxiety attack, Lauricella puts her in the duck costume and everything is A-OK.
Some of yall don’t believe me. Polly loves her duck suit. Polly NEEDS her duck suit. It puts her right to sleep. Tonight she was feeling anxious because I’m too busy to sit with her. I put her duck suit on and she’s totally happy. It instantly soothes her! Its the strangest cutest thing. This is not abuse, this is love.
Lauricella finds it especially useful when she’s out running errands and can’t leave Polly home alone.
And it’s not just duck costumes. There’s a fox and pig costume that also work.
My name is Polly and I have a message from my mom. Mom said she is SOOOOO annoyed with some of you. She wants you to know, that I don’t just hang around the house sitting upright like a human. I spend 23 hours and 55 minutes per day laying down or on all fours like a normal goat. Mom discovered this talent I have, when a vet at our hospital babysat me during one of Miles’ appointnents. The vet had me on her lap sitting upright and pointed out to my mom how most goats would never do this. If the vet did it for a few minutes, we figure it’s ok for a photo op. My mom is very upset that she even has to explain herself and can’t imagine that anyone would think she would abuse me. My neurological issues cause me to have anxiety, and clothing or swaddling soothes me and puts me to sleep. Thank you all for your concern but it is not needed. I am just fine and mom spoils me rotten. Now…. for my next costume 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔
But the duck costume is still Polly’s favourite.
Lauricella is hoping it’s just a phase, and the solution might just be another rescue goat named Pocket. Once she laid him on Polly’s back, Polly calmed down and went to sleep — something she’s never done with another goat.
“I’ve noticed that anytime he’s lying next to her, she just gets calm,” Lauricella said. “I hope that Pocket becomes her duck suit.” Us too. Polly Pocket foreva!