Update on Fred the Saanen Goat

14th May 2020

The staff at Church Knowle have some sad news to share, unfortunately Fred our beloved Saanen goat has passed away.

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Fred was a very big character around the site and will be missed by staff, volunteers and visitors alike. He had been a resident of Church Knowle since 2013 when he arrived with his brother Barney after their previous owner lost their land. Fred has had many roles whilst living with us from showing off his clicker training at our on-site shows, meeting and greeting visitors and training new staff and volunteers as his gentle nature made him an excellent teacher. Fred was one of the most affectionate goats we have had and although he could take his affection a bit far by sucking and eating people’s hair we think this made him all the more special.

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Sadly at the start of the week Fred developed a urinary blockage, which did not respond to treatment so we had to make the heart breaking decision to have him put to sleep. Barney is coping well without Fred and is currently sharing a paddock with some sheep next to Cupid and Bubbles our other two goats so he doesn’t get lonely.

We are all focusing on the many happy memories we have of Fred and would love to see any pictures or hear your stories about him.

We wanted to let you all know as soon as we could because he was so loved by so many and we will be in touch with Fred’s sponsors.

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