Meet Polly - A Rescue Goat With Anxiety Who Only Calms Down In Her Duck Costume

November 24, 2016

This is Polly, a rescue goat at Goats of Anarchy in New Jersey. Polly is blind, has neurological problems and suffers from anxiety.

goat rescue duck costume
Photo: Goats of Anarchy

The owner of the rescue, Leanne Lauricella, was browsing Halloween costumes this year and noticed a children's duck costume that she thought would look adorable on her baby goats.

She never imagined how much Polly would love that duck costume.

goat rescue duck costume
Photo: Goats of Anarchy

The first time 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.

goat rescue duck costume
Photo: Goats of Anarchy

Lauricella tried swaddling Polly in blankets and sweaters for her anxiety in the past but nothing had the same effect as this duck costume.

"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."

goat rescue duck costume
Photo: Goats of Anarchy

Whenever Polly has an anxiety attack, Lauricella puts her in the duck costume and she becomes instantly calm.

"She just calms down and goes to sleep," Lauricella said. "Instantly. It's become a thing that she's known for."

goat rescue duck costume
Photo: Goats of Anarchy

Similar costumes seem to have the same calming effect on Polly, including a pig costume and a fox costume.

goat rescue duck costume
Photo: Goats of Anarchy

goat rescue duck costume
Photo: Goats of Anarchy

But Lauricella might have found an alternate solution for Polly's anxiety — a rescue goat named Pocket.

"When Pocket came home, I laid him on [Polly's] back … and it just calmed her right down and she went to sleep," Lauricella said. "It was almost like that duck costume. I've noticed that anytime he's lying next to her, she just gets calm. I've never seen her do that with another goat here."

goat rescue duck costume
Photo: Goats of Anarchy

Lauricella said she hopes that one day Polly will no longer need her duck costume.

"I hope that Pocket becomes her duck suit."

(h/t) The Dodo

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