Some residents of Cabiche, Babonneau including a family who lost a beloved goat earlier this year, strongly believe that a known individual has had or is having sexual affairs with animals, particularly goats, in the community.
In April this year, several residents contacted St. Lucia News Online (SNO) and informed our newsroom about a family who lost a nanny goat after it was suspected of being sexually assaulted.
SNO finally got in touch with the family this week. A woman, who identified herself as the wife of the goat owner, spoke to us about the incident, but preferred anonymity to protect the family’s privacy.
According to the woman, the alleged victim was a female goat, brown and black in colour, named Timpia, that was given to her three-year-old son as a gift.
She said the male goat, named Timple, belongs to her nine-year-old son.
“They (children) had them from babies hence the reason why we didn’t eat them, because we were asked to sell them but we never did,” she told SNO.
The female goat died in late March.
“The goat was tied some way from my house and someone came to tell my husband the goat is just lying there,” she said.
“So when he went to check it he saw the goat just lying there, the vagina swollen and bleeding and it died couple days after,” she explained.
The family said a young man is suspected of committed the act.
“And there is a guy around, a young guy who has this habit. Everybody is saying he did it because we have two goats, a male and a female and the male was untouched,” she said.
According to the woman, a veterinarian said the animal should have been brought in for examination to determine the cause of death.
“We just buried it. The vet said we did wrong, we should have called her and they would have checked it,” she said.
The woman said she was willing to report the matter to the police because bestiality is a crime, but her husband was against this. He did not want any drama and he was concerned about his privacy, she said.
She also disclosed that her husband was informed that the incident was the topic of discussion on a popular radio talk show.
Left now with the male goat, the family has no intention to replace Timpia, unless they received another as a gift. The family is not into farming either.
Meanwhile, a veterinarian, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told SNO that despite reports that animals such as goats have died as a result of intercourse with human beings, there is no “scientific data” to prove that this is possible.
Several other residents in the community told SNO that persons in Babonneau who have been victims of suspected bestiality are not coming forward to report the matter due to fear of being ridiculed.
One resident said it is important that a report is made because no one wants to consume meat that was sexually assaulted by a human.
Normally, animals who are victims of sexual assault, are killed.
A police official from the Babonneau station told SNO that they have not received any formal reports in recent times about suspected acts of bestiality, but noted that “generally” over the years persons have been arrested on suspicion of committing the act.