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Frostie the Snow Goat from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary

Copy: Serena Faber Nelson

Photography: Edgar's Mission

Now before you adjust your dial, yes Pretty Fluffy is a blog about dogs.

And this story is not about a dog.

It’s about a goat. A goat named Frostie.

But when you hear Frostie’s story and see his video, you’ll understand why I had to share it. Because as animal lovers, our love isn’t restricted to certain dog breeds, or types of animals. It’s all encompassing.

I’d strongly reccommend you check out Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary who have taken in Frostie. They work tirelessly caring for rescued farm animals and helping create a humane and just world for humans and non-humans alike. Or as they say “If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others… why wouldn’t we?”

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Frostie’s Story from Edgar’s Mission:

They cry like little babies, because they are little babies! Meet Frostie the Snow Goat. At just a few days old, Frostie’s pitiful little bleats pierce the ears and the heart just like the cries of a human baby. And just like human babies, baby goats otherwise known as kids, long for the company of their mother, they yearn for her sweet life-sustaining milk and they have the strongest desire to be safe and warm. Yet poor little Frostie had none of these things. What he did have was one of the worst cases of lice infestation we have seen, coupled with severe dehydration Yet these were not the worst of his woes as they were all issues that could be readily addressed. It is was Frostie’s debilitating and life threatening condition known as joint navel ill that sent our hearts racing.

Joint navel ill is a disease that is seen in very young calves and kid goats and results from an infection entering the body via the umbilical cord soon after birth. The causes are often insufficient or poor quality colostrum (a mother’s immune building first milk) or a dirty and unhygienic environment. And in Frostie’s case, the bacteria had spread via his bloodstream and settled in the joints of his hind limbs. This saw his joints become swollen, hot and painful, so much so that Frostie was unable to use them. Necessity became the mother of invention as we worked to save and enrich the life of our newest little rescue. Watch the video at the end of the slideshow to see what happened next…

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UPDATE: Since the video was filmed, each day has seen Frostie grow stronger and stronger. Fuelled by a passion to explore and a zest for life that even his crippling illness could not dampen, Frostie is now able to not only stand on his own but walk, skip and run on albeit wobbly little goatee legs. In the days and weeks to follow, there will be much physiotherapy and some medications however amidst the once gloomy forest of Frostie’s world, we can now see bright skies ahead. We are all so proud of his progress, of our amazing veterinary team, of our dedicated staff and volunteers and also of our well-wishers around the globe – all who have done everything in their power to help little Frostie.


Edgar’s Mission is a not for profit Farm Sanctuary that seeks to create a humane and just world for humans and non-humans. Edgar’s Mission is set on 60 peaceable acres in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range at Willowmavin, Kilmore, in the state of Victoria, Australia.Our farm sanctuary currently provides life-long love and care to over 300 rescued animals.
Edgar’s Mission was founded by Pam Ahern and named after her first rescued pig, Edgar. Edgar Alan Pig, aka “the pig who started it all” sadly passed away shortly after his 7th birthday party in April 2010. Edgar, a gentle giant, touched so many people and was an amazing ambassador for pigs and farmed animals everywhere. He will be missed beyond words – but his mission will continue.


Copy: Serena Faber Nelson

Photography: Edgar's Mission

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4 responses to “Frostie the Snow Goat from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    This is precious! Sweet little goat! I’m so happy he’s doing so well!

  2. Beth says:

    He’s adorable and its wonderful that he is doing so well!

  3. Patricia says:

    Love, love, love Edgars mission. They do such amazing work!

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