Goats Are Getting Braver


In the Goat Trauma mailbox this morning, we found a couple items of interest, indicating that goats appear to be getting braver and more direct in their attacks.

Matt Fitzer writes:

"Here is rare footage of a goat trauma in action. The poor child in the picture may never recover. The evil camera lady laughing only heightens the traumatic experience of being attacked by a goat.

The traumatizor is a Nubien mix named Addy and the tramatizee is my little cousin."

This short clip accompanied Matt's email. As you can see, Addy has no qualms about going after the child, even as he runs for the relative safety of the adult filming from the porch.


The other disturbing goat story was this:

Man Says Goat Moves In, Won't Move Out
The Associated Press
So far nobody has gotten Randy Cox's goat. But Cox wishes someone would. Cox found the affable brown-and-white male in his detached rec room when he came home from work Thursday, and the goat shows no sign of wanting to leave.

He found the animal communing with his dog, Dandy, and both seemed to be hitting it off.

Cox said he had seen the goat in his neighborhood, but doesn't think it lives there. Calls to the authorities didn't help much.

"I called animal control. They told me to call the sheriff. The sheriff said call animal control. Then they gave me an emergency number for loose livestock," he said.

Nobody answered.

Cox's land isn't fenced, and he worries the goat may get hit by a vehicle.

Mike Wellington, manager of Lane County Animal Regulation Authority, said the call came when nobody was available to help.

The authority doesn't normally do goats, but Wellington says they get calls like that from time to time.

"I feel bad about it," Wellington said. "Normally we'll pick up the slack and do what we can, but we just had nobody available."

That left Cox with a goat following him around and chewing on his jacket Thursday evening.

He's friendly, as long as you don't turn your back on him, Cox said.

"But he did butt my truck," he said.

And the goat-dog camaraderie ended when Cox started petting the goat and Dandy started barking.

"I think he's jealous," Cox said.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com



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