Frostie the Snow Goat, an inspiring animal mostly confined to a wheelchair due to a disease known as joint navel ill, passed away yesterday at his sanctuary in Australia.
In a blog published Tuesday, Edgar's Mission (the nonprofit that rescued Frostie) wrote that the goat fell ill early Monday morning and died soon after.
He had just recently graduated from his wheelchair, as seen in the GIF below of Frostie jumping around happily:
"Frostie’s spinal column was riddled with abscesses that refused to acknowledge the strength and determination of the arsenal of antibiotics and medications that had been sent in to do battle,” wrote Edgar’s Mission.
The animal sanctuary went on to explain:
"One abscess was so large it was pressing on and compromising his little rumen, preventing it from doing all the good things rumens do to keep little goats alive. Taking some comfort in the fact that this had caused Frostie no pain until those final moments gave me little consolation as the wee chap seemed to be gambolling along in leaps and bounds."
The organization then acknowledged the lessons all should take from this little guy.
Whilst a part of me feels cheated that Frostie’s was not a long life, it was certainly one filled with more happiness and joy, love and friendships, kindness and compassion than many animals receive in a lifetime ...
Frostie’s lesson to me has been this, to seize every minute of the your life as the most precious gift there is, use it wisely and lovingly for you never know if it is your last.
Rest in peace, Frostie. And amen.