Calling someone a goat in Russian is usually an insult, NBC News notes. The Primorsky Safari Park, known for when another of its goats befriended a tiger, did not immediately return a request for comment from TIME on Monday.
However, the park’s director, Dmitry Mezentsev, told NBC in a statement that the goat was adopted from a local Sochi farmer who had already given it its name. “It took a while to prepare the paperwork for Obama’s move,” Mezentsev said. “Guarantees were required that Obama would bring no pests, that Obama has no tapeworms etc.”