In 2002, Cocoa Bean was rescued along with 21 other sheep and goats from a severe neglect case in Wisconsin. Before she came to our New York Shelter, she suffered a bone fracture that was left untreated and had healed improperly, leaving her with a crooked back leg. She also has a very common virus, known as Caprine Arthritic-Encephalitis, which has settled into the joints of her front legs and makes her a bit slower on her feet. Due to the condition of her legs, Cocoa Bean had difficulty keeping up with the younger goats in her herd, and became a bit of a wallflower. We wanted to do everything we could to make sure this sweet lady was comfortable and happy at the shelter, so we moved her to the sheep barn, where our gentler sheep and goats reside. Yet despite her new and comfortable surroundings, she continued to be a loner.
That is, until she met Joey. Joey was just a baby when he arrived at the shelter. He was found wandering loose in a busy intersection in Brooklyn, having likely escaped from one of New York City’s many live markets. Though there were several goats in the sheep barn when he arrived, Joey immediately latched on to Cocoa Bean, and began following her everywhere. Despite their age gap, they formed a very special bond, and have been inseparable ever since.
A couple of times, Joey has strayed while Cocoa Bean napped — only to have her wake up in a panic crying for her pal, who of course went right to her side to console her. Recently, we took Cocoa Bean to the Cornell University Hospital for Animals for diagnostic testing and Joey was agitated and “off” the whole time she was gone. But as soon as she returned, Joey cheered right up and the two resumed their usual routine, like the lovebirds they are.
In her advanced age, Cocoa Bean spends a lot of time lying down and relaxing, but Joey doesn’t seem to mind. Every night, Joey and Cocoa Bean sleep curled up next to each other with their heads crossed, and we know that these two share a love that is true.