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New goats arrive after tragic attack.

Byline: By Tony Henderson

Goat gurus Eddie and Pauline Kell came up trumps after a sickening attack on a pets' enclosure.

Last September an intruder stole a pygmy goat from Pets' Corner in Newcastle's Jesmond Dene and killed it by wedging it into a waste bin.

Gunther Seebacher, Newcastle City Council hospitality services manager, headed a bid to raise funds for a replacement animal and Civic Centre staff contributed pounds 400.

Gunther was then faced with the problem of finding who could supply pygmy goats and eventually ended up at the Kells' Browney Lodge Farm at Meadowfield, near Durham City.

Eddie and Pauline have spent almost 20 years breeding and showing Anglo-Nubian and pygmy goats, and were happy to supply two of the tiny breed ( which reach only 2ft to the neck ( for Pets' Corner. The goats cost pounds 150 and the rest of the funds will be spent on items and food for the year-old pygmy goats Snowy and Socks, who had their first public outing at Pets' Corner at the weekend, proving popular with visitors.

Gunther said yesterday: "The incident of the goat being killed was horrific and I was incensed. I knew nothing about goats and finding someone who bred the pygmy variety took a lot of tracking down.

"I was pointed by people all over the country to the Kells. I explained to them what had happened and they were very helpful. The two new goats are great."

Eddie, a retired poultry farmer, and Pauline have a herd of almost 30 Anglo-Nubian and pygmy goats and show them all over the country, and have won a string of awards.

They also breed and show around 100 Black, Blue and Orange Rex sand Yellow Dutch rabbits.

The couple bought their first goats after seeing them at the Northumberland County Show at Corbridge. Eddie said that the Anglo-Nubian goats were once desert goats which were carried on ships to provide crews with milk.

"They produce a very rich milk rather like a Jersey cow," he said.

"Breeding and showing goats is our hobby which gives us good days out and you make friends on the show circuit. We knew the pygmy goats would be well looked after at Pets' Corner where children will enjoy seeing them." The goats have joined the Corner's sheep, Shetland pony, Vietnamese pig and peacocks and keeper Billy Laybourn said: "They seem fine. There were so many visitors at the weekend that you could hardly get moved."

Security at Pets' Corner has been upgraded with CCTV, higher fences and a new gate.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 17, 2007
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