A group of thirteen baby goats was rescued from deplorable conditions thanks to the wonderful humans at Australian sanctuary, Edgar’s Mission. A call placed to the sanctuary by an anonymous individual alerted volunteers to a group of kids in desperate need of help. Forcefully separated from their herd as their parents were loaded onto a transport truck destined for slaughter, the babies were left to fend for themselves, resulting in nightmarish living conditions.

“They’re just babies” were the first words rescuers at Edgar’s Mission heard used to describe fourteen baby goats that were struggling to survive without their parents.

These Goats Were Found Frightened, Feces-Encrusted, Lice-Infested, and Malnourished, But They're Smiling Now

Feces-encrusted, infested with parasites, and malnourished, not even an anonymous caller’s warning could prepare volunteers for what they would find. 

These Goats Were Found Frightened, Feces-Encrusted, Lice-Infested, and Malnourished, But They're Smiling Now

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One of the babies was found in such critical condition, he rode in the front of the truck with rescuers. Sadly, human kindness arrived too late for him.

These Goats Were Found Frightened, Feces-Encrusted, Lice-Infested, and Malnourished, But They're Smiling Now

Several hours were dedicated to ridding the kids of the parasites and filth that plagued their fur. 

These Goats Were Found Frightened, Feces-Encrusted, Lice-Infested, and Malnourished, But They're Smiling Now

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Goats may be overlooked by many, but these kind people believe that every single life is precious and deserving of respect.

These Goats Were Found Frightened, Feces-Encrusted, Lice-Infested, and Malnourished, But They're Smiling Now

Traumatized by their experience, the baby goats huddled close together in their paddock. 

These Goats Were Found Frightened, Feces-Encrusted, Lice-Infested, and Malnourished, But They're Smiling Now

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Only the bravest dared to nibble on the fresh sweet hay that had been laid out for them.

These Goats Were Found Frightened, Feces-Encrusted, Lice-Infested, and Malnourished, But They're Smiling Now

Although rescuers were able to rid the goats of dirt and parasites, many of them suffered permanent damage to their horns.

These Goats Were Found Frightened, Feces-Encrusted, Lice-Infested, and Malnourished, But They're Smiling Now

Saved from the sweltering heat of the Australian Christmas season (opposite of the cold here in the U.S., the goats have been appropriately dubbed “The Yuletide Kids.” 

These Goats Were Found Frightened, Feces-Encrusted, Lice-Infested, and Malnourished, But They're Smiling Now

They’ve been given the names Elf, Brandy, Cranberry, Eggnog, Gabriel, Holly, Ivy, Mittens, Myrrh, Poinsettia, St. Nick, Turtle Dove, and Christine Kringle.

These Goats Were Found Frightened, Feces-Encrusted, Lice-Infested, and Malnourished, But They're Smiling Now

At the very least, The Yuletide Kids can now have a life where they know the love and kindness that they truly deserve. 

These Goats Were Found Frightened, Feces-Encrusted, Lice-Infested, and Malnourished, But They're Smiling Now

After what these goats have been through, we are so pleased to know that they have happy and healthy lives ahead of them. To learn more about Edgar’s Mission’s work visit their website here.

All image source: Edgar’s Mission