Rogue Goat Puts Three in Hospital

Three people have been taken to hospital after they were attacked by a rogue goat at a nursing home in Melbourne’s outer east this morning.

The animal escaped from a property in Donvale and set upon an elderly volunteer gardener at the On Luck Chinese Nursing Home just before 11am.

The gardener had attempted to shoo the goat, named Billy, away with a bunch of weeds when it started butting him repeatedly.

Two other people who attempted to save him were then attacked before a police officer wrestled the goat to the ground.

Director of nursing Jenny Khor said there were chaotic scenes outside the nursing home, which is home to about 60 elderly residents.

She said a female sales representative raised the alarm when she drove into the nursing home and ‘‘saw a billy goat on top of a gentleman’’.

‘‘The gentleman was lying on the driveway and was calling for help,’’ Ms Khor said.

‘‘She got out of the car and the goat started to attack her, so she ran back into the car and sounded the horn hoping to distract the goat.’’

Meantime a man arrived in another car and ran to the gardener’s aid, but he too fell victim to the seven-year-old animal and was knocked unconscious.

‘‘The goat turned around and knocked him down onto the driveway. He hit his head and smashed his glasses,’’ Ms Khor said.

Doncaster police eventually subdued the animal until the owner arrived with a rope and took him back to his paddock.

Intensive care paramedic David Kervin said the three were lucky not to have sustained more serious injuries given the goat had ‘‘six-inch horns’’.

‘‘It was quite chaotic when we first got here. Luckily the police had subdued the goat quickly so we could get to the patients to assess them and help them,’’ he said.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman Paul Bentley said a 64-year-old man was taken to Box Hill Hospital with head injuries, along with a 33-year-old woman who suffered an ankle injury.

A 70-year-old man was taken to Maroondah Hospital with head injuries. All three were in a stable condition.

Ms Khor said the nursing home had never had a problem with escaped animals before. ‘‘We are in a very open space in Donvale and there are always animals in the paddocks. They’re usually in the enclosed barbed wire fence,’’ she said.

‘‘How it got out I have no idea. I haven’t seen this particular goat before.’’


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