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Pygmy goats on a high after grazing on 'magic' mushrooms



By Mail On Sunday Reporter

Last updated at 12:06 AM on 10th October 2010



Former actress Alexandra Bastedo has told how she found her three pygmy goats staggering around wildly after they ate psychoactive ‘magic’ mushrooms growing at her animal sanctuary.

A vet told her that the trio, named Homer, Marge and Lisa after The Simpsons characters, were ‘tripping out’ from the Psilocybin mushrooms.

The goats suffered hallucinations, vomiting and lethargy, taking two days to recover from the mushrooms which were growing in the paddock.


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Alexandra, 64, who starred in the cult Sixties TV series The Champions, said: ‘I knew something was up straight away. Marge started swaying first. She looked weird, as if she had been drinking.

‘Lisa was vomiting and they were all lethargic.

‘It was strange that they were all acting so out of character.

‘They are normally the friendliest animals we have. We even take them to schools and old people’s homes. They were definitely acting oddly and were unwell.’

Alexandra, who also starred in the 1967 spoof Bond movie Casino Royale with David Niven, added: ‘They will eat anything and as much as they can get hold of so you have to control their portions. They obviously found the mushrooms tasty and ate a lot.

‘We had never noticed the mushrooms in the paddock before but our volunteers have now dug them all up.’

Alexandra started rescuing animals 30 years ago and set up her Champions Animal Sanctuary in West Chiltington, West Sussex, two years ago.

She now has 55 volunteers helping her at the charity project.

Together, they care for hundreds of unwanted pets and farm animals – including donkeys, cats, pigs and miniature Shetland ponies.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1319228/Pygmy-goats-high-grazing-magic-mushrooms.html#ixzz11wQ7gyZ6

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