Because sometimes what you need most is to know that there’s a sika deer living in southern England’s Poole Harbor who loves to do for a carefree bound across the beach at dawn. Dave Mott recorded this delightful scene while walking his dog along the shore:

[via The Awesomer]


Today the Department of Awesomely Good Deeds salutes Leanne Lauricella, who runs a baby goat rescue organization called Goats of Anarchy. One of Lauricella’s recent rescues is Polly, a sweet little goat who has a variety of challenging medical issues, including severe anxiety. All of her efforts to help Polly feel safe and calm seemed to fail until Lauricella found a child’s Halloween costume that looks like a plush duck.

When Lauricella put the duck costume on Polly for a photo, something amazing happened. “As soon as I put it on her, she just instantly got calm,” Lauricella said.

The duck suit seemed to have the same calming effect as a ThunderShirt, or being swaddled in a blanket. But for Polly, the duck costume worked better than anything. “I tried a ThunderShirt — it didn’t work,” Lauricella said. “There’s something about that duck costume that calms her. She goes into a little trance. She just closes her eyes and she’s out.”

Lauricella got some other equally adorable animal costumes for Polly, including a pig and a fox, but the duck seems to be her favorite.

Head over to The Dodo to learn more about Polly.

Follow Goats of Anarchy on Instagram for many more photos of Polly and her friends.

Want to help Goats of Anarchy and their ridiculously cute rescued goatlings? Check out their GoFundMe page.

[via Neatorama and The Dodo]