Angry goat goes on rampage at local store, terrorises shoppers

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LONDON — You don’t want to get on the wrong side of an angry goat. Just don’t do it.

The quiet town of Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland recently found this out first-hand when a runaway billy goat stormed the carpark of a local store. 

“I was on my own in the store at around 6:20am and thought it was the bread man knocking,” manager Jonathan Smyth told the Carrick Times.

“I looked up and there was a massive goat two foot up the door.”

Smyth captured the goat’s blatant attempt at intimidation on his phone.

Fortunately the enraged beast didn’t manage to gain access to the store, but Smyth recounted how it charged one of his customers and forced a member of staff to take shelter in a car. Read more…

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The demise of this Swedish Christmas goat has come early

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LONDON — Alas, even Sweden isn’t safe from the wrath of 2016. 

In our continued coverage of extended metaphors for this tumultuous year, here’s a holiday-themed analogy of well-intentioned calamity.   

The tale starts out quaintly enough. In the Swedish town of Gävle, there is a lovely holiday tradition of erecting a charming goat effigy. 

The structure, complete with red ribbons and twinkling lights, is built in tribute to the Scandinavian Yule Goat, a time-honored symbol of the season. 

The town gathers around the structure to greet the goat on the first day of Advent. According to the BBC, this year (for the goat’s 50th anniversary) around 2.3m kronor (£200,000; $250,000) was spent on its construction and the associated festivities.  Read more…

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Nothing calms Polly the goat’s anxiety like her duck costume

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This adorable baby goat and her duck costume are totally the G.O.A.T.

Polly was rescued by Goats of Anarchy, an Annandale, New Jersey-based sanctuary that rescues special needs baby goats. She suffers from several neurological issues which can sometimes cause anxiety.

Luckily, Goats of Anarchy’s founder Leanne Lauricella discovered the best (and cutest) way to quell her anxiety: by putting Polly in a fuzzy duck costume.

“Polly is very used to being clothed, it’s all she knows, so a costume is no different to her… or so I thought,” Lauricella wrote to Mashable. “While out shopping one day, I spotted the cute little duck costume and had to have it. The first time I put Polly in the costume, she just closed her eyes and fell asleep. She seemed very peaceful.” Read more…

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