Tourists fly for 13 hours from Hong Kong to visit superstar Barnsley goat

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Fifteen tourists flew across the world just to see a South Yorkshire goat who has become an internet sensation.

The story of Benjamin the pygmy goat, the runt of the litter abandoned by his mother at birth, went global at Christmas.

Some of the visitors from Hong Kong with pygmy goat, Benjamin.

Some of the visitors from Hong Kong with pygmy goat, Benjamin.

Benjamin was born at Pot House Hamlet, Silkstone, Barnsley, but his mother ‘didn’t want anything to do with him’ and he was taken in by owners Emma and Tom Horsfield.

Since then, his story has gone worldwide and now he has his own social media accounts – with thousands of followers.

This week, the couple were stunned when 15 tourists flew in from Hong Kong to see Benjamin.

Emma said: “We just couldn’t believe it.

Benjamin the pygmy goat at Pot House Hamlet, Silkstone. Picture: Andrew Roe

Benjamin the pygmy goat at Pot House Hamlet, Silkstone. Picture: Andrew Roe

“We have had people here from places like Australia before who were visiting friends over here or staying with family, but this group came just to see Benjamin.

“His mum abandoned him when he was born, and we put him in an Aga to revive him, and then bottle fed him.

“He was like the runt of the litter when he was born. He was very small and his mum didn’t want anything to do with him.”

The kid was nursed back to health by Tom, who hand-fed him milk for the first few days after he was rescued.

Benjamin follows Tom, who is the estate manager at Pot House Hamlet, a historic former industrial estate, to work in the morning and returns home with him every night.

Tom said: “He’s become a celebrity. He’s had lots of publicity, as well as visits from the public who are obsessed with how cute he is.

Emma said: “It’s just a lovely story and I think that’s why he’s proved such a hit.”