BUTTE LA ROSE – Imagine while preparing your home for the flood waters, you hear a knock on your back porch, only to look out and see a goat. That’s what happen to Sandra Tucker, a resident of Butte La Rose.
Tucker, a Katrina evacuee, who works for the Henderson-Nina Water System, moved to a camp on Herman Dupuis Road five and a half years ago.
She relocated to her current home on Atchafalaya River Road just six weeks ago. “I really didn’t have to move much ’cause I never really finished unpacking,” says Tucker.
Since May 15 this goat, whom she calls Honey, has been laying on her front steps and followed her as she prepared her property for the flood waters.
On May 16, she bought 50 lbs. of sweet feed for her goat. “Although Honey prefers to eat from the trees and flowers on my property,” laughs Tucker.
Figuring that this was a pet goat who hadescaped or been left behind by a resident leaving their home in anticipation of the high water, Tucker posted on Facebook about her situation.
After a friend contacted a friend who then contacted T.J. Bergeron. An independent contractor who helps with the rescue of animals, was quick to response.
On Wednesday, May 18, Tucker was waiting at her front gate, as Bergeron tried to befriend the goat.
After about 30 minutes, a lot of walking and two failed attempts to collar the goat, the task was complete and Honey was in the trailer.
Tucker says that after the flood if no one has claimed “Honey” she will give him a home at her house.