Watch: A pygmy goat hops around the Anchorage animal shelter

A pygmy goat was jumping around the Anchorage animal shelter Friday morning and, well, it was adorable.

Someone had spotted the tiny, male goat this week wandering around Reka Drive in East Anchorage, said Laura Atwood, spokeswoman for Anchorage Animal Care and Control. The goat was taken to a veterinarian and then to the animal shelter, where he got the name Trollhunter.

Trollhunter is roughly a foot tall. His black furry legs make it look like he's wearing tall boots. He doesn't really like wearing a leash.

He also didn't have ID tags when he arrived at the animal shelter on Monday. No one claimed him, despite photographs posted on social media and on the shelter's website, so he went up for adoption Friday, Atwood said.

A Facebook post announcing that the miniature goat needed a home quickly attracted attention, and prompted one woman to drive from Wasilla in hopes of adopting him. But, she was too late.

Update: this little guy (found out he's a boy) has been adopted! Our little goat is available for adoption! We'll be happy to see him (her?) go home but Officer Winn will miss her morning cuddles.

Posted by Anchorage Animal Care and Control on Friday, October 12, 2018

Daniel Bertrand, an animal control officer, got to work shortly before noon on Friday, about an hour after the shelter opened.

"The first thing I did was I asked at the front, 'Hey, is that little goat still up for adoption?'" he said.


He filled out the paperwork and adopted Trollhunter. (Well, Trollhunter for now. Bertrand said he expects his wife will rename him.)

Trolhunter isn't the first goat that passed through the animal shelter this year. So far, there have been three other goats, plus a sheep, a pig and many chickens, Atwood said.

Tegan Hanlon

Tegan Hanlon was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News between 2013 and 2019. She now reports for Alaska Public Media.