Imagine a very special episode of “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” – immersed in the middle of an unpretentious country farmhouse.
Indeed, it was like a page from a surreal children’s storybook as a goat and rooster rushed to the rescue of their chicken buddy when it was attacked by a predatory hawk, as captured in a dramatic new viral video.
Jaap Beets, a farmer from Gelderland, the Netherlands, was at his farm on September 5 when he heard a noise coming from his cattle outside.
“I was so proud of the rooster and goat jumping to defend our chicken,” farmer Beets, 59, told SWNS. “I was also very relieved that the chicken survived.”
His CCTV footage showed the moment a Northern Goshawk bombarded a chicken, plumes of feathers flying through the air. Almost immediately, one of the roosters on the farm sprinted to the chick’s rescue, defending its feathered mate.
Beets’ goat, Bruin, also joined the showdown, charging at the hawk to scare him. It turns out that goats – who have a deceptively cold reputation for being good performers and doing trendy yoga – are actually tough vigilantes when pushed to their limits.
The dynamic duo ultimately rescued the chicken, forcing the hawk to fly away with an empty claw just 17 seconds after diving.
The chicken suffered minor injuries, but Beets said the other animals on the farm “rallied around her” to restore her to full health.
During this time, it was not the first time that Farmer Beets has experienced such a drama – his other goats and turkeys have jumped to save his chickens twice before.
“In the seven years that I have lived here, this is the third attack on our chickens,” he said. “It was the second of a wood pigeon and the other was a hawk.”
Beets’ video of the Amazing Rescue Team has now been viewed more than half a million times on social media, according to SWNS.
“This goat, though, what a hero. He deserves a whole bunch of alfalfa on his own,” one person wrote in the comments.
Other viewers have likened it to a classic “Disney adventure”.
“I grew up with a deep respect for nature and have worked in environmental jobs and nature conservation all my life,” Beets said. “We try to make nature as easy as possible.”