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Goat goes missing, becomes famous on Facebook

This tan and brown animal with horns is mostly focused on grazing grass and sneaking naps on the porch of his owner's home. Without even trying, he's become famous on Facebook, and he doesn't even know it. (KRCG 13/Megan Sanchez)

This tan and brown animal with horns is mostly focused on grazing grass and sneaking naps on the porch of his owner's home. Without even trying, he's become famous on Facebook, and he doesn't even know it.

Zander is a pygmy goat. He's around 3-years-old, and for a while now he's been in the care of Sandra Akridge.

For nearly 30 years she has been rescuing farm animals of all kinds, rehabilitating them, and sending them off to forever homes.

Zander was her most recent success story. She'd sent him off to a family in Sunrise Beach where she thought he'd live out his days fat and happy.

Then, to her surprise, people started posting on Facebook, saying they'd seen a goat wandering around the area. She realized, that goat, was Zander.

"We don't know what happened, but he became famous on Facebook," she said.

For nearly four weeks Zander's photos circulated the web. He spent a few days at the hardware store, got some sun on various people's docks, and hung out in yards in all sorts of neighborhoods.

Finally, Akridge was able to catch him, and she brought him back home to Henley.

Now, she is unsure if she wants to adopt him out again, after such a scary experience.

"If I could find a farm that has some cute little girlfriends for him, I think he would stay home more," she said. "He's never wandered off from our farm. He hardly leaves the yard here, but he would need a nice setup and secure before I'd ever let him leave again."

She said Zander has followers all across Missouri, and even some out of state.

"It was kind of interesting to know one of our kids became a famous stinky goat!" she said.


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