Categories: Home2Trending Now

VIDEO: Gibbles the 3-legged B.C. goat gets a wheelchair

Gibbles, the good-natured three-legged goat, is more like his normal playful self, thanks to a $1,100 wheelchair funded by donors to the Happy Herd animal sanctuary in Aldergrove.

Sanctuary co-founder Diane Marsh said the four-year-old Gibbles, who was rescued from a goat meat farm near the B.C. – Alberta border in 2019, has been through a lot.

He arrived with a dislocated hind leg that was fixed, but then it turned out one front leg had such severe arthritis that it could not be repaired by a veterinarian after Gibbles broke it playing with a sheep at the sanctuary.

“When they put the screws in [to his bone] it just disintegrated,” Marsh recalled.

READ ALSO: Gibbles, a three-legged Aldergrove resident, makes full recovery

Given a choice between euthanasia and amputation, Gibbles became the very first goat in the Lower Mainland to undergo successful surgery to have his limb removed.

Through it all, Gibble has remained an even-tempered, playful presence with his best friends, Linus the lamb and Pickles the pig.

“He’s the sweetest little guy,” Marsh enthused.

“He gives everyone a reason to smile.”

READ ALSO: Langley home to a happy herd of farm animals

But lately, Gibbles was beginning to have trouble getting around, struggling to get up after he laid down, and wasn’t playing games with his friends they way he normally would.

The solution turned out to be the type of wheelchair made for dogs with missing limbs or paralysis, and it had an immediate effect when it arrived on Wednesday, Jan. 19, with Gibbles able to move and play with other Happy Herd residents again.

Tiffany Akins, a volunteer and Happy Herd board member, views Gibbles as a good example of how to respond to challenges.

“Gibbles walked out of the vet right after his surgery,” Akins recalled. “Amazing – walking right away.”

No matter what happens, Gibbles remains “very sweet,” Akin noted.

“He loves humans.”

“We can always learn from animals,” Akins told the Langley Advance Times, “because they are so resilient and adaptable.”

Happy Herd animal sanctuary is a registered charity dedicated to saving at-risk and abused animals.

The four-acre volunteer-run farm has more than 70 animals, including goats, chickens, cows, pigs, turkeys, hens, ducks, cats, and dogs, and one donkey.

More can be found on the sanctuary at www.happyherd.org or the Facebook page “HappyHerdBC.”


Have a story tip? Email: dan.ferguson@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Dan Ferguson

Leave a Comment
Share
Published by
Dan Ferguson

Recent Posts

Beauty Day at Our Place allows women to shine

Event returns after COVID-hiatus to make female ‘oasis of beauty,’ says program manager

24 mins ago

B.C. man robs gas station, uses toddler as a shield against police

Kamloops RCMP say the Oliver man was arrested after attempted robbery with his 3-year-old child

29 mins ago

Kelowna judge rules disgraced former social worker deprived youth

Robert Riley Saunders will be sentenced on June 22 and 23

2 hours ago

One man missing after boat capsizes near Nitinat Narrows

Two others rescued by Coast Guard

2 hours ago

Cabinet delivers standing ovation as Alberta Premier Kenney stays on as UCP leader

Kenney did not take questions and has not done so since quitting

2 hours ago

Stakes are high for farmers as 2022 crop shapes up to be Canada’s most expensive ever

Costs surge due to inflationary pressures, spiking energy costs, and the war in Ukraine

2 hours ago