By Hayley Pugh
A woman who has spent the last eight years living with a pygmy goat takes her unusual pet out for ‘walkies’ and even on posh dinner dates.
Aya Shinozuka adopted the goat, called Shiropen, when he was just over a month old and they have been sharing her modest home in Tokyo ever since.
The pair do everything together from dining out in restaurants to going on long walks – either with Shiropen on his lead just like a dog, or tucked up in his pram like a baby.
Aya even washes her pet pygmy in the shower before blow drying his hair and dresses him up for special occasions such as Halloween and Christmas.
The 30-year-old adopted Shiropen when she was looking for a new pet following the death of her dog.
Over the years the pair have grown incredibly close and Aya even dons a goat mask every now to get into the mindset of her beloved pet.
Aya, an office worker, said: “Goats don’t look smart but they actually are.
“They can learn just as many tricks as dogs and can communicate just as well.
“When I say ‘walkies’ he doesn’t get excited. He really doesn’t seem to want to go out.
“I don’t really force him but walks are important for his health.
“I take him out when the weather is good, or rather, when he feels like it.
“I’d never paid much attention to goats, but after I got him I started buying goat related stuff.
“I had my mask imported from England. I put it on and enjoy pretending I’m a goat and imagining how a goat feels.”