Brighton screen star's goats eat magic mushrooms

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Seventies screen siren Alexandra Bastedo is keeping a close eye on her pygmy goats - after they tripped out on magic mushrooms.

She said Homer, Marge and Lisa - named after characters in cartoon The Simpsons - took two days to come down from their drugs binge.

Ms Bastedo, who shot to fame as secret agent Sharron Macready in cult series The Champions, was shocked when the trio started stumbling around as if they were drunk.

She called a vet who quickly realised they had been scoffing magic psilocybin mushrooms growing in their paddock.

The mushrooms contain substances considered Class A drugs. The mushrooms grow naturally in the wild, it is illegal to pick or possess them.

Ms Bastedo, 64, a former Bond Girl who now runs the Alexandra Bastedo Champions animal sanctuary in West Chiltington, said they do not seem to have suffered any long-term effects from the experience.

She said: "We knew something was up straight away. Marge started swaying first. She looked weird, as if she had been drinking.

"Lisa was vomiting and they were all lethargic. It was strange that they were all acting so out of character. They are normally the friendliest animals we have. We even take them to schools and old people's homes.

"But they were definitely odd and unwell."

The greedy goats had gone out looking for more to munch on after finishing their food and gorged themselves on the mushrooms.

Ms Bastedo said: "They will eat anything and as much as they can get hold of so you have to control their portions. They obviously found the mushrooms tasty and ate a lot.

"When we looked we found loads in the field. We hadn't ever seen them before. Our volunteers have dug them all up now."

The goats took two days to come down from their trip and are now being closely watched in case they go looking for more.

The Brighton-born actress, who starred in the 1967 spoof Bond movie Casino Royale with David Niven, started rescuing animals 30 years ago.

She set up as a charity two years ago and has 55 volunteers helping her care for hundreds of unwanted pets and farm animals, including donkeys, cats, pigs, and miniature Shetland ponies.

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5:41pm Fri 8 Oct 10

Tammy Flugh says...

Sounds more like The Champignons. The goats nearly met their Nemesis.
Sounds more like The Champignons. The goats nearly met their Nemesis. Tammy Flugh
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5:44pm Fri 8 Oct 10

Everest says...

I blame Bart.
That kid is always u to no good
I blame Bart. That kid is always u to no good Everest
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6:49pm Fri 8 Oct 10

ArthurD says...

Still on TV every day after all this time.

Good old ITV 4 - Can we have the Avengers back as well (colour only)?
Still on TV every day after all this time. Good old ITV 4 - Can we have the Avengers back as well (colour only)? ArthurD
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7:07pm Fri 8 Oct 10

Teazy Weazy says...

Tammy Flugh wrote:
Sounds more like The Champignons. The goats nearly met their Nemesis.
Brilliant post - haven't laughed so much for ages. You must be a fungi (gal!). I take my mushroom cap off to you!
[quote][p][bold]Tammy Flugh[/bold] wrote: Sounds more like The Champignons. The goats nearly met their Nemesis.[/p][/quote]Brilliant post - haven't laughed so much for ages. You must be a fungi (gal!). I take my mushroom cap off to you! Teazy Weazy
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8:15pm Fri 8 Oct 10

Ballroom Blitz says...

Lucky goats, is all I can say. Are they going to be prosecuted for 'picking' the illegal mushrooms?
I love the fact that Alexandra Bastedo knew exactly what they were.
I wonder if she helped herself to a few for old times sake?
Lucky goats, is all I can say. Are they going to be prosecuted for 'picking' the illegal mushrooms? I love the fact that Alexandra Bastedo knew exactly what they were. I wonder if she helped herself to a few for old times sake? Ballroom Blitz
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8:17pm Fri 8 Oct 10

Ballroom Blitz says...

Dug them all up.... isn't that illegal?
Dug them all up.... isn't that illegal? Ballroom Blitz
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10:57pm Fri 8 Oct 10

Daily-Star says...

These mushrooms mainly grow in mellow autumn conditions. I live in East Brighton where they grow in my garden and in the local area. I've also seen many around the grounds of the Royal Pavillion. Now, about the 'Madness of King George'..... fresh mushrooms for breakfast maybe? Historically, they were brewed into a tea and the liquer was drunk. I think I'll stick to PG Tips!
These mushrooms mainly grow in mellow autumn conditions. I live in East Brighton where they grow in my garden and in the local area. I've also seen many around the grounds of the Royal Pavillion. Now, about the 'Madness of King George'..... fresh mushrooms for breakfast maybe? Historically, they were brewed into a tea and the liquer was drunk. I think I'll stick to PG Tips! Daily-Star
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11:02pm Fri 8 Oct 10

Daily-Star says...

P.S hope the greedy goats feel better soon!
P.S hope the greedy goats feel better soon! Daily-Star
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11:44pm Fri 8 Oct 10

Lorem Ipsum says...

In theory you could munch them direct from the ground and it'd be legal. As long as you've got a goat costume of course.
In theory you could munch them direct from the ground and it'd be legal. As long as you've got a goat costume of course. Lorem Ipsum
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12:36am Sat 9 Oct 10

Mrkingdj says...

Can someone tell me where the field is please. I've run out... LOL
Can someone tell me where the field is please. I've run out... LOL Mrkingdj
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8:09am Sat 9 Oct 10

John Steed says...

Tammy Flugh wrote:
Sounds more like The Champignons. The goats nearly met their Nemesis.
priceless

i jest not security words "trip-call"
[quote][p][bold]Tammy Flugh[/bold] wrote: Sounds more like The Champignons. The goats nearly met their Nemesis.[/p][/quote]priceless i jest not security words "trip-call" John Steed
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9:45pm Sat 9 Oct 10

Beeching GP says...

this is the sort of reporting we like to read in the local news - more please. very entertaining
this is the sort of reporting we like to read in the local news - more please. very entertaining Beeching GP
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9:01pm Fri 15 Oct 10

AdvertsRumoursLies says...

I'm so upset there's not a picture of the goats. I can just imagine them in the field once they'd relaxed into it, making daisy-chain hairbands with their teeth, waiving their hooves lazily in the air and planning the peace revolution. Bless them, hope they're better!
I'm so upset there's not a picture of the goats. I can just imagine them in the field once they'd relaxed into it, making daisy-chain hairbands with their teeth, waiving their hooves lazily in the air and planning the peace revolution. Bless them, hope they're better! AdvertsRumoursLies
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