Reason No. 5,670 why animal sanctuaries and rescues are the happiest places on Earth: Tatonka, a baby Nigerian dwarf goat who is overcoming some serious physical issues.
Tatonka was born with malformed legs. Upon seeing the poor goat's condition, his owners assumed he wouldn't live through the night. When he did, they turned him over to the New Moon Farm Goat Rescue.
Tatonka's little legs couldn't straighten properly, leaving him with front legs that are always somewhat bent. His back legs, on the other hand, were stuck the other way. Despite the challenges, the folks at New Moon Farm wanted to give Tatonka a chance. Their veterinarians started him on physical therapy, but then decided on more effective treatments, coupled with surgery and a regimen of splinting. According to New Moon Farm's Facebook page, Tatonka has gone through a few surgeries and has come out well, but there are still more in his future. For now, though, we can all sigh and squee at this baby goat's adorable spirit.
Bonus video of Tatonka's first attempts to stand! Here, he's only a few days old, but after some loving care from his NMF family, he was already making progress: