In his last days, not even magic could save Silky O'Sullivan's goat, Maynard the Magnificent. The lucky goat passed away June 7th after a months-long battle with an unknown illness. He was 7 years old.
"He was very sweet-faced, a little white goat with brown ears," says Carol Perel, a manager at Silky's. "I petted him and fed him every day."
Maynard lived in a fenced area on the patio at Silky O'Sullivan's on Beale, where he spent his nights helping inebriated tourists finish off their beer.
But it wasn't alcoholism that claimed Maynard. According to Maynard's former guardian and best friend, Silky Sullivan, Maynard was "being treated for a virus, but we think he had something more serious."
For the last four months of his life, Maynard had not been eating and had lost a lot of weight. Although the lucky goat was under a veterinarian's care, the exact cause of his death is unclear. Goats typically live from 8 to 15 years.
Perel says plans were under way to move him to a farm. But before the move, Maynard moved on to greener pastures.
Though he was known locally for his beer-guzzling ways, Maynard gained national fame for his seemingly magical ability to turn down-on-their-luck sports teams into instant champions.
"A couple years ago, the Grizzlies lost about 13 in a row," says Sullivan. "We sent him down to The Pyramid, and the next day, the Grizzlies beat Washington."
That was in 2002, and the team went on to beat the Seattle Supersonics and the L.A. Lakers in the nights that followed.
Maynard was also credited with breaking an old curse on Wrigley Field in Chicago. Legend has it that years ago, a man cursed the baseball stadium after his goat was denied entrance despite the fact that the man had purchased a ticket for the goat.
"Silky found out about that story. He called the people at Wrigley and said he had the lucky goat that would change the luck of the Cubs," says Perel. "They invited Maynard to Chicago and brought him out in the middle of Wrigley Field. Sure enough, they won the game."
How did Sullivan discover Maynard's magical abilities?
"[All goats] are lucky, really," explains Sullivan. "You just have to watch them. [When they're magical], other goats just gather around them."
Maynard is survived by Zachary, a 7-year-old goat who Sullivan says also possesses magical abilities.
"We've got another [goat] coming. His name is Maynard the Second," says Sullivan. "He's supposed to be more magical than the first. May the gene live on."