WITH the Arabic word for Allah emblazoned on its hide, a “divine” goat can be yours for £128,000.
The animal belongs to Islam Bhati, 37, from Rajasthan in India claims he has so far been offered £30,000 for the animal, but is holding out for the asking price.
Bhati , according to this report, said:
It’s a miracle animal and I feel blessed to own him. We have looked after this goat like our child and he’s the best goat around. We can easily charge 11 million rupees (£128,000) for such a divine animal, it’s pretty reasonable.
Bhati, who run’s the family’s marble business, bought the goat from a nearby farm two years’ ago. He said:
I noticed the inscriptions soon after I bought him. I knew it was sacred. Since we took him into our home we have cared for him and fed him pulses, fresh tree leaves and dry fruit. His meat will be very good.
If anything this goat is a priceless animal. I will only sell it for the asking price. And when I sell it, I’ll give 50 per cent of the money to a local orphanage. We’ll miss him when he’s gone but there cannot be a better occasion to sell him.
And when they’ve done slaughtering the goat, they can turn it into stool, like the one pictured here, which is currently on sale in Spain for a paltry 35 euros.
The sales coincides with the festival of Eid-al-Adha, when Muslims sacrifice a goat or a sheep to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God’s command.
Meanwhile, we learn that a Baptist church in Newcastle, Oklahoma, is richer by $106,000 (£82,000), thanks to record price paid at auction for a steer called Stripe.
Stripe, a grand champion market steer, was taken to the National Western Stock Show in Denver by 11-year-old Baylor Bonham, a Baptist born into the cattle industry who has been exhibiting livestock since he was five.
After receiving the cash, Baylor –“who was saved and baptized at First Baptist Newcastle when he was eight” – decided to tithe the money to his church.
Stacey, his mum, said that since Baylor is only 11, she assumes he will have a long career and will frequently have winnings on which to tithe to his church.
Baylor has been so often in the limelight that his intentions with his winnings have become public knowledge, and I think that is a good witness to other kids. He has the biggest heart you’ve ever seen. I promise you Baylor would give every dime of it away if you let him.
Perhaps someone should have a word in Baylor’s ear about a Bhati’s godly goat …
Hat tip: Gill Kerry