Fireproof goat returns

A resilient goat made his triumphant return to Rock Creek this past weekend, at Ponderosa Music Festival.

As buildings and trees burst into flames and collapsed around him during the Rock Creek wildfire that destroyed 30 homes last August, Leo remained in his pen and rode out the heat.

Other than a singed tail, Leo was unscathed.

After he was found alive, Critteraid, an animal rescue charity, took Leo in, where he stayed until February.

“He was there with five alpacas, but goats do much better with goats, they're herd animals,” said Jeff Campbell, the current owner of Leo.

Critteraid reached out to the Campbell family, who had previously worked with Critteraid.

Leo moved to the Campbell farm in Penticton in February, where he has become best of friends with the Campbells' five female goats.

“He's been awesome, he's got five other girls that he hangs out with all day long,” Jeff said. “They're best of buds, they play all day long.”

On Sunday, Jeff and his wife Cindy, along with their two kids, brought Leo and his buddy Eretria down to Rock Creek for the last day of the Ponderosa Music Festival.

Jeff said Kris Hargrave and Kia Zahrabi, the organizers of the festival, had reached out to the Campbells in the spring.

“They came out and said hi to Leo and were wondering if we'd be able to bring him out because most people in this area totally know about Leo the fireproof goat,” Jeff said.

Leo and Eretria, along with the Campbells, were housed in a fenced-off area inside the festival, and festival-goers wandered in and out, to pet the goats and hear about Leo defying the odds.

“Most people who have come by to see him are pretty happy that Leo's come by,” Jeff said. “We've had people all day long since we've been here, coming in and out.”

After a long day of being a local celebrity, Leo was worn out, falling asleep in his hay, as music blasted across the field from the main stage.

By all accounts, Leo's homecoming was a success.


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