From Farm To Frat: Meet Lambda Chi’s New Pet Goat
When the fraternity brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha decided they wanted to get a house pet, they set their sights higher than simply getting a traditional frat cat or puppy. Alex Buckley, a brother of Lambda Chi, decided to get a miniature goat to serve as their house mascot — a move that is sure to attract some attention from the ladies.
Though Buckley had his heart set on a “Lambda Lamb,” the house quickly realized a goat would be a better fit for their environment, as lambs grow far too big and require too much maintenance. “Since we’re (Lamb)da Chi, we tried to get a pet lamb as a mascot,” Buckley explained. “But it turns out goats make better pets.”
Wasting no time, Buckley reached out to local farms in the area, settling on one in Bellefonte. The farm had a 7-week-old, white, fluffy, miniature goat. The furry friend was a Norwegian dwarf and Pygmy goat mix — the perfect recipe for a domesticated pet. The crew split the cost and bought the charming animal.
The goat’s name is Bella Russe, “Bella” after Bellefonte and “Russe” after Crowne Russe Vodka.
Someone is always with Bella during the day. Buckley explains that she is hard to find, always wandering around or in a brother’s room. The brothers didn’t want to have her in a cage, so she has a spacious pen that allows her to roam around.
“She’s always on walks with some sorority girl that claims to be the ‘goat whisperer,’ or she’s in my room looking for some trouble to get into,” Buckley laughed.
Though she is a peaceful pet, Bella does have her diva moments. Buckley shared that, much like many of her sorority friends, Bella Russe loves high places. She is potty trained and will only do her business on elevated surfaces. “I actually read online somewhere that goats like to go to the bathroom on high and uneven surfaces so I guess that explains why she loves to poop all over my couch,” Buckley said.
Bella has made waves in State College, and is also an online sensation. This glamour goat boasts over 1,500 followers on her Instagram account, @psugoat. She now has followers from Pitt, Temple, Alabama, Arizona, Tulane, Syracuse, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Ohio University, Clemson, and many more.
“It’s a good bonding experience. All the brothers take care of her together and everyone helps take her on walks. She has one dad and forty uncles that love her,” Buckley said.
The fraternity brothers have put in a lot of time and money in order to take care of Bella. Though she leads a great life, many unforeseen medical expenses arose. Services such as spaying, house visits from large animal veterinarians, and vaccinations racked up a hefty bill that the frat is having a lot of trouble covering.
The brothers have started a GoFundMe Account so that people from the community can donate in order to keep Bella Russe here in State College long-term.