Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Donkey saves goat from mountain lion in Paradise

Paradise veterinarian Art Colyer has heard of mountain lion sightings in his neighbourhood before, but he never thought he and his farm animals would actually encounter one. Two weeks ago, Colyer says he woke up in the middle of the night when he heard his goat, Buttermilk, crying for help.

He explained, "One of our favourite goats was being attacked by a mountain lion, he had a hold of her face and her nose, she was in a little pond that was up there and she was being pulled out by a mountain lion. It was mostly a helpless feeling of not being able to do a whole lot," said Colyer.

That is when Buttermilk's best friend, Poppy the donkey came to the rescue. "Suddenly Poppy just started circling the mountain lion and kicking at it with everything she had and repeatedly kicking with front and back legs until he decided it was the wise thing to go and take off. He took off and jumped over the fence," explained Colyer.

Buttermilk suffered several bite and claw marks on her face. She has already been treated for the injuries. Since the incident, Colyer says Buttermilk and Poppy have been inseparable. He said "We have a small herd and they were always together, but now they're really together. They spend a lot more time together and are quite best buddies now." Colyer says it looks like the mountain lion got the message loud and clear. He has not been seen around the property since.

With news video.

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