Tilly, the lovely honey-brown girl, was hit by a car about a year ago and Animal Aid rescued her from the street with a badly fractured leg. The bone was completely broken and coming out of the skin and her leg needed to be amputated. We had never amputated the leg of a goat before so we were very concerned, but the only other option was euthanasia, so we took a chance with the surgery. She made it through the hour-and-a-half long operation and recovered from the anaesthesia which was our biggest concern.
After healing from the surgery Tilly was healthy but she wasn’t very happy. We didn’t have any other goats and Tilly seemed depressed. That’s when one of our caregivers said that he had a several goats in his family village and he could give one to be Tilly’s companion.
That changed everything. After two days, Tilly and Seema were inseparable and you could see the spring in Tilly’s step from across the paddock.
The two are absolutely hysterical to watch together. They get into everyone’s business, including treatments, kennel cards, and sometimes they even try to get into the ambulance when a new animal is being unloaded. It’s not unusual to see them head-butt a cow or a donkey just because they can.
Goats in Rajasthan are owned animals who are kept for their milk and to be slaughtered if they are male, old, or injured. We don’t know where Tilly’s owners were, but if someone hadn’t called our helpline and alerted us, it’s very likely that she would have been slaughtered for meat within just one or two days. Now knowing Tilly, as it is when you get to know any animal, it’s impossible to think of her being killed for meat when she is truly one of the most remarkable creatures we’ve ever met.
But this sponsorship couldn’t be just for Tilly, because Tilly isn’t “Tilly” without Seema. Seema is the girl who helped Tilly get back on her feet and now the two have a ball together every day.