Video: Goat crashes through glass door and sleeps in bathroom

The getaway goat's name is 'Big Boy.' “He’s never done anything like that before,” his owner said when finally reunited with the goat.

“I think he was drinking too much that night. I’m really sorry it happened but there wasn’t much I could do. I wasn’t there.”

In an Ohio town, a teen got home from school last Friday to discover the family dog barking outside, and a sliding glass door shattered.

The kid's mom called the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office after they figured out a goat had crashed into their family home.

Keathley said she and the deputies called vets, animal control and the local Humane Society for advice. She said everyone laughed at them and they laughed too but they really needed help. Finally, the deputies decided to attempt corralling the goat out themselves. They tried tying a rope around its neck, enticing it with carrots, dog bones, grass.

At one point, the goat turned around and ran back into the bathroom. Eventually, the two deputies each grabbed a horn and managed to lead the goat outside and into the German Shepard’s cage.

On local Facebook pages, Keathley asked, “is anybody missing a ram? Please contact me ASAP.”

She said she didn’t want to include what the male goat had done in the post or else the owner might not claim him.

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Parks Canada would like to teach you the difference between sheep and goats

We've got a lot of animals up here in Alberta, Canada. Bears, wolves, coyotes, raccoons and elk? We rock that. Goats and sheep? Yep. To make sure that you know the difference between those latter two, Parks Canada has put together a helpful video.

Now you've got no mistake for ever thinking goats are sheep ever again. Read the rest

Watch baby goats visit the seals at the zoo

Zookeeper Brianne Zanella is tasked with exercising Oregon Zoo's baby goats, who visit the seals for the first time in this charming video.

The smaller of the two, Ruth is a two-month-old Nigerian dwarf goat kid named after Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her friend Sonia is a mini-Nubian goat kid. No word on when or if they are getting an exotic tiny goat named Elena.

There's a whole Tiny Goat Visits series for those interested in a deep dive into goat-related entertainment.

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🐐 #Goatnado: 118 hungry goats descend on shocked Boise, Idaho neighborhood

Joe Parris (@KTVBJoe) lit the internet on fire today with this tweet:

#Breaking - About 100 goats are on the loose right now in a #Boise neighborhood. They are going house to house eating everything in sight. Nobody has a clue where they came from...updates to follow

Full details here, in Joe's story for KTVB in Idaho:

Neighbors say the herd showed up on Summerwind Drive off of Five Mile Road at about 7 a.m., and got to work, snacking on lawns and flower bushes, and stripping the leaves from trees. Animal Control responded to the scene with a single truck, but quickly realized that wasn't going to be enough.

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The goats are taking a toll on residents' landscaping, munching every leaf and flower before moving on to the next yard. The ravenous herd has drawn a crowd of onlookers, with children and neighbors standing in the street to watch and snap photos.

At about 8:30 a.m., a large truck from the company We Rent Goats pulled up on the street and began trying to load up the hungry herd. The company rents out herds of goats to clear weeds and help with fire suppression on private land and public property.

KTVB has learned the goats had been grazing nearby when they somehow escaped and set off on a snacking tour of the neighborhood.

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Beware the goat gangs of Ireland

Ireland has a goat problem.

A growing gang of wild goats is having its way with the towns of Ennis and Clare's gardens, parking lots and roads. Greenery is being devoured. Cars are being forced to slow or stop, with all too much frequency, for fear that drivers could end up having to pick goat meat out of their vehicle's grills with a pointy stick. According to Clare's Mayor, Tom McNamara, “the disturbance that these goats are causing in the locality is totally unacceptable." The Mayor continued by pleading that the goats “are getting up on top of cars and going around businesses at night time." The goats, which have been tagging local homes and historical landmarks as they expand their territory, have drawn the attention of the local law enforcement's gang task force.

OK, that last sentence was bullshit, but it'd be awesome if it were true.

In all seriousness, having a whack of uncontrollable wild animals traipsing around the town is a public safety concern. Sooner or later someone's going to get hurt in a goat attack (no seriously: goats can be ASSHOLES), or wind up hitting one – or five – with their car. Right now, there's talk of erecting signs warning motorists of goat hazards in town and on nearby highways (goats be roaming), and some pretty stern mumbling about what can be done to control the exploding goat population. According to RTĒ, no one's in favor of a cull, no matter how delicious goat might be. Read the rest

Wolf chases goat across sheer cliff

In this video, a hungry wolf chases a small goat across the face of a sheer, crumbling cliff. The wolf wins. Read the rest

Rhino apes goat

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It's a monkey in a snowsuit, checking on his pet chickens and goat

In this heartwarming example of interspecies friendship, a monkey named Fedor makes haste to visit his pet chickens and goat.

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Add to bucket list: run with baby goats

I think Sunflower Farms could make a lot of money charging people to run with their baby goats. Read the rest

Your daily dose of baby goats

Derek Powazek has a lovely photo-essay on his blog about meeting baby goats in Lompoc, California. "The Kids are Alright." [Photo: Derek Powazek] Read the rest

Goats cleverer than thought

"Goats learn how to solve complicated tasks quickly and can recall how to perform them for at least 10 months, which might explain their remarkable ability to adapt to harsh environments." Read the rest

Skateboarding goat wins Guinness World Record (video)

[video link]. The goat's name is "Happy," of course. (thanks, Clayton Cubitt) Read the rest

Afghan goat giveaway “lacked accountability”

Government investigators suspected that goats may have been used to bribe locals in Afghanistan, but found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the goat-giving program. [Muckrock] Read the rest

The most beautiful female goat in the world

Photo: Ali Jarekji / Reuters

Wasieef, a Maaz Al Shami (Damascene goat), won the first prize for the "Most Beautiful Goat" title in the female category at a recent event in Amman, Jordan. The Mazayen al-Maaz competition was the first such event held in the desert kingdom. If you would like to see Wasieef looking right at you, a portrait is after the jump. Read the rest