Billy the goat gets a new home

A pygmy goat named Billy Crooke, who has been looked after by Crooke resident Derek Keen, left, is welcomed by new owner Namam Daree, seven
A pygmy goat named Billy Crooke, who has been looked after by Crooke resident Derek Keen, left, is welcomed by new owner Namam Daree, seven

BILLY Crooke has a new home!

Evening Post readers were touched when they saw lonesome Billy, who was taken in by Crooke resident Derek Keen, 69, when he spotted him wandering over the bridge by the canal near the village.

Former goat owner Tammy Bensalin, 25, fell in love with the goat as soon as she saw him and offered to take him to her Platt Bridge home.

She said: “I have a big garden and it is all fenced in, so we have the perfect grazing space for Billy.

“I used to help look after two male goats, Pip and Cider, when I grew up, as my parents owned them in the house across the road from where I live now.

“We had them about four years and when my sister, Kelly, went to college, we took them to Farmer Ted’s, in Ormskirk, and that is where they passed away as they were too old.

“My seven-year-old daughter, Namam, loves animals and was delighted to meet him.

“I just love being around goats and I have a lot of family support and Kelly cuts and shapes their hoofs when they start to grow.

“I felt awful when I saw he had escaped. Anything could have happened to him, so I thought I could give him a good home and everything proper in life.”

Despite a frantic search for a suitable trailer, Tammy transported Billy in her step-dad’s Nissan Micra.

Derek said: “I am sorry to see Billy Crooke go, but I could not look after him properly at my age.

“He seems to have gone to a good home, as they have a decent space for him and they have kept goats before.

“Tammy has invited us to visit him.

“Billy did bring a lot of visitors to Crooke. I enjoyed taking him for a walk, as he was very good and happy to be led.”