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Animal magic! Norwich park-and-ride pig and two mystery pygmy goats saved by Pact sanctuary

PUBLISHED: 15:21 24 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:20 25 July 2017

Chris Rockingham, co-founder, and David Barnett, acting manager, with the goats at the PACT Animal Sanctuary at Woodrising which were rescued from Norwich at the weekend. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Chris Rockingham, co-founder, and David Barnett, acting manager, with the goats at the PACT Animal Sanctuary at Woodrising which were rescued from Norwich at the weekend. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2017

A pig at a park and ride and two mystery pygmy goats that appeared in a couple’s garden sent animal lovers scurrying to the rescue on Sunday.

Chris Rockingham, co-founder, and David Barnett, acting manager, with the goats at the PACT Animal Sanctuary at Woodrising which were rescued from Norwich at the weekend. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Chris Rockingham, co-founder, and David Barnett, acting manager, with the goats at the PACT Animal Sanctuary at Woodrising which were rescued from Norwich at the weekend. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Staff from Pact Animal Sanctuary at Woodrising, near Hingham, were contacted within minutes of each other, first to the pig that was loose at a Costessey Park and Ride.

Chris Rockingham, co-founder sanctuary, said the adolescent swine was found running around the car park before staff managed to herd him into a bus shelter and barricade him in with bins.

Mrs Rockingham said farmers were unable to claim back lost pigs because of Defra disease control rules, and there was no demand to adopt the animals.

She said a new pen would have to built for the pig they have since christened Danny, because Pact was already running at full capacity. She said: “One more little piggy safe at Pact where he will stay for the rest of his natural life.”

The pig at the PACT Animal Sanctuary at Woodrising which was rescued from Norwich at the weekend. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The pig at the PACT Animal Sanctuary at Woodrising which was rescued from Norwich at the weekend. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Mrs Rockingham said the call to rescue an adult female pygmy goat and a male kid came soon afterwards.

She said they were found in a Cringleford back garden.

Mrs Rockingham said: “The owners of the house were away at the time and their son and his girlfriend were house-sitting.

“When they got up in the morning they looked out the window to see two goats playing there.

David Barnett, acting manager at the PACT Animal Sanctuary at Woodrising with the pig which was rescued from Norwich at the weekend. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY David Barnett, acting manager at the PACT Animal Sanctuary at Woodrising with the pig which was rescued from Norwich at the weekend. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“It was well-fenced and we have no idea how the goats could have jumped up that high.”

Enquiries found that no-one in the area owned goats nor had anyone any knowledge of the pair.

Mrs Rockingham said she suspected the goats, now called Julia and Vince, had been abandoned rather than gone astray as there were signs the female had worn a tag.

She said Pact sometimes re-homed goats, but it would be difficult to find someone willing to take them as a pair, so they would also likely live out their days at the Woodrising sanctuary.

Two pygmy goats were rescued after being abandoned in a garden. Picture: courtesy of PACT Animal Sanctuary Two pygmy goats were rescued after being abandoned in a garden. Picture: courtesy of PACT Animal Sanctuary

Mrs Rockingham said the new arrivals would all have to be blood tested and the males castrated.

She said: “Normally speaking, on a Sunday we do get a lot of calls, but at time of year it’s mostly wildlife.

“It has filled up and we have no spare stables or pens for any emergencies now.”

■ To help with funding, visit www.pactsanctuary.org

A rescued pygmy goat jump for joy. Picture: courtesy of PACT Animal Sanctuary A rescued pygmy goat jump for joy. Picture: courtesy of PACT Animal Sanctuary

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