Puck Fair goat removed as 175 complaints filed with Animal Welfare Hotline

The most talked about goat in the long history of King Pucks in Kerry recovers tonight at a host farm after ‘enjoying’ the kind of medical and media attention normally reserved for rock stars.

Along with its own personal vet, the Department of Agriculture organized brief surveillance and hourly checks amid public concern for the animal’s welfare as the city basked in the scorching sun.

The department said its animal welfare hotline had received 175 “contacts” regarding King Puck.

A spokesman said the department welcomed the fact that an independent private Kenmare vet and fair organizers had called for the goat to be lowered each morning before the high temperatures and fully lowered by 10.30am on Friday morning .

The goat was due to be removed from its 50-foot stall by 6 p.m. on Friday, the day of the dispersal.

Fed on grasses and heather and with her water changed throughout the day, the four-year-old wild goat will be carefully checked before being allowed to return to MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

With vet checks every hour as temperatures hit 29 degrees in the city of Kerry,

The four-year-old wild goat will be thoroughly checked before being allowed to return to MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. Photo: Don MacMonagle

one local woman joked that if anyone could get this kind of attention in the A&E at Kerry University Hospital in Tralee, “they would fly, with or without heating”!

A 90-year-old man in Killorglin recalled a goat being shot in the past due to torrential rain.

The heat of the debate that has “brought down” the festival’s reputation this year has done a lot of damage, according to local TD Danny Healy-Rae.

It also left a lot of anger, said Mr Healy-Rae, who calls himself a big Goat Festival fan.

He was pleased with how the Puck was put back in place on Thursday evening on a full moon – “and the goat was fine”.

The goat would be returned to the mountain “in better shape” than it came down, he told Radio Kerry.

The independent TD claimed the media only listen to “the same group of environmentalists with the same tune all the time”.
nothing better to do than interfere and interrupt, he said of the critics.

“I want to thank the committee in a very special way. They had to resurrect the festival after a two-year hiatus and they deserve great credit,” he said.

“People are very hurt and angry. It’s not just the level of attention given by the national media. Many of these environmentalists talk about Puck Fair to give themselves a platform.

“They don’t have a monopoly on animal rights – we were all raised to love animals,” Mr Healy-Rae said.

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