Gary the Goat has been taken from us!

Tributes are pouring in for Aussie legend Gary the Goat, who passed away unexpectedly from a heart tumour.

The six-year-old billy goat shot to fame through a partnership with his comedian handler, James “Jimbo” Bazoobi. The pair traveled around Australia together and were the best of friends.

Gary had a massive following of more than 1.7 million followers on his Gary the Goat Facebook page.

It was through this that medium that Jimbo broke the sad news of Gary’s sudden death.

“Gary died tonight aged six … from euthanasia — after vets diagnosed a bleed from an acute heart tumour,” he wrote.

Aussie legend Gary the Goat and Jimbo Bazoobi. Picture: Supplied
Aussie legend Gary the Goat and Jimbo Bazoobi. Picture: Supplied

 

Gary the Goat and Jimbo meet Brutus the croc on an Adelaide River Wildlife Cruise. Picture: Supplied
Gary the Goat and Jimbo meet Brutus the croc on an Adelaide River Wildlife Cruise. Picture: Supplied

 

“The vets drained it once but when it came back 24hrs later we decided that Gary needed to go out peacefully and pain free instead of being conscious while he couldn’t breathe.

“I’ve been filming for the last few days while travelling over 1500kms between three different vets.

“We thought it was just bloat at first — but it’s very hard to diagnose a goat who doesn’t give a f***.

“We’ll all miss you Gary. You gave so much happiness to so many people. Rest In Peace, mate.”

The post received more than 156,000 likes and was shared 24,500 times.

Gary takes a stroll through Perth in his stylin’ hat. Picture: Theo Fakos
Gary takes a stroll through Perth in his stylin’ hat. Picture: Theo Fakos

 

According to the duo’s website, Jimbo bought Gary for a “carton of Emu Bitter” without realising the “wonderful twists and turns his life would take from then on”.

Gary found himself on the wrong side of the law in 2013 when he was slapped with a $440 fine for munching on some flowers outside Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

The case was dismissed when it was ruled Gary did eat the plants but wasn’t brought to the public garden with intention to commit an act of vandalism.

Media took advantage of the odd spectacle to make tongue-in-cheek comments, reporting the goat was not required to give evidence and made no comment on the verdict.

 

Source: TB

Dale Bothe

AusRealNews.com.au editor

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