She started out as a damsel in distress but the old goat ended up saving herself and is now on the run again.

An elderly, arthritic goat trapped at the bottom of a cliff at Byron Bay in northern NSW has managed to scramble back up unassisted, just as animal rescuers made a risky bid to help her.

The female goat, known as Wategoat, had been trapped at the base of a cliff near the popular Wategos beach for several weeks with little food and water.

She is the last wild goat remaining in Cape Byron and has been evading capture for eight years since rangers rounded up and removed the rest of the herd.

On Wednesday, the RSPCA animal rescue squad abseiled more than 100 metres down the cliff to save Wategoat but she escaped.

"It's like she got a new lease on life and was able to scramble back up the rocks," RSPCA regional inspector Alistair Hill told AAP.

"She's running around the cape now but that may be a temporary situation because she appears to be quite old and showing signs of arthritis."

Mr Hill said the rescue squad would seek veterinarian advice and continue to monitor Wategoat.

They plan to send her to a rural goat farm where she would see out the rest of her days - if they manage to catch her.

Wategoat has her own facebook page, Wategoat - the last wild Goat on Cape Byron.

 

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