Is Daisy Yorkshire's oldest goat?

Daisy the 17-year-old pygmy goat at Easingwold Maize Maze

Sam Caygill, son of Paul Caygill, owner of Easingwold Maize Maze, with baby twin pygmy goats named Arge and Tina

Easingwold Maize Maze

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Is Daisy the oldest living pygmy goat in Yorkshire? That’s the question farmer Paul Caygill is asking as Daisy prepares for another starring role at Easingwold Maize Maze which opens for its 11th year on Monday.

Daisy has already made national headlines during her long life having been stolen in September 2009 along with her baby goat Lily with both, thankfully, recovered two weeks later with the help of the police.

The Easingwold Maize Maze family of pygmy goats was the subject of another “kid”napping in 2011 when Daisy’s triplets; Snowy, Maisy and Billy were stolen. They were recovered four weeks later and all four pygmy goats appeared on the BBC’s Robbed, Raided and Reunited in 2012.

Paul says the normal lifespan for a pygmy goat is about 10 years.

Daisy is the matriarch of the Caygill pygmy goat family and is grandmother and great grandmother to several “kids”, including Arge and Tina who were born on World Cup Final day and who will also be on show at the Maize Maze which is open until August 31. Daisy has been a fixture at the maze since it opened in 2003.

This year’s theme is the World Cup with clues hidden all over the maze

Paul is eager to find out if Daisy is a record-breaker and said:” Daisy has been with us right from the start and is looking forward to another chance to show off her family at the Maze. I would welcome any information about other “long-life” pygmy goats.”

Besides the maze, visitors can enjoy story-telling, magic shows, inflatables, go-karts, sandpits, outdoor games and a climbing haystack. The animal pen features Daisy and her family with their friends - rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep, pigs and ducklings.

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