More Goat-Related News

I thought it very odd that not one, but two major news stories involving goats would come to my attention in the space of a week.  First the attorney who had a severed goat head left at her office and then airline officials who sacrificed two of the poor little buggers (goats, not attorneys).

With that in mind, I decided to search out other goat-related news to see what was out there (a worthy endeavor and not at all a waste of time — don’t you think?).  Here is what I came up with.

First off, anyone jonesing for a cuteness overload should view the photo attached to this news story called “Rastafarian Goats”.  The article, found on a New Zealand news site, is about a type of goat with long curly hair which looks a lot like dreads.  It begs the question — exactly what kind of weed have those goats been munching on?

Stateside, the hippies people of Seattle are debating whether or not to legalize the keeping of pygmy goats as residential pets.  The miniature goats, who are said to make friendly and faithful pets, grow to be about the size of a large dog.  The hippies in the cities of Portland and Everett have already passed laws which allow residents to keep pet goats.

While in America, the goat might be just a friendly pet, in Ireland, he’s King.  The town of Killorglin holds an annual festival where a goat is traditionally taken out of the mountains and made king for 3 days.  The goat is well fed and has his own personal vet during his reign, and afterwards is returned to his mountain home. 

Uganda also has an annual festival in which goats play a large role, but the Ugandan goats have to work a little harder for their moment of glory than the Irish ones do.  The big crowd pleaser in August in Uganda is the Royal Ascot Goat Races, from which the proceeds go to charity.

But it’s not all fun and goat games.  Goats have their useful side, too.  The company, GTC Biotherapeutics, Inc., has had their drug, ATryn, fast-tracked by the United States Food and Drug Administration.  ATryn will be used to fight blood clots.  It is produced in goat’s milk when the animals are given a certain gene.  

And good news for people who are lactose intolerant or watching their weight.  Goat’s milk is now being used to make ice cream, which is lower in lactose, calories, and fat than ice cream made with cow’s milk.  And it’s yummy, too.  According the the article — “If you are worried about the ‘goaty’ taste that can be so appealing in a cheese, but unpleasant in an ice cream, relax, this is every bit as sweet and delicious as any artisan ice cream available.”

“Sweet and delicious” seems to be what one lonely farm worker was thinking when he was left unsupervised a little too long with a female goat.  He has been charged with animal cruelty after a witness claims to have seen him having intimate relations with the goat.  The man, however, claims he was only milking the animal.

The accused man probably would have really enjoyed the Jefferson County Fair, which features an annual costume contest for goats.  Part of the competition is being able to get the clothes onto the goat and keep them on.

Feel free to link to any other goat-related news you come across in the comments section.

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2 Comments

  1. Your goat fixation is a riot! I loved that story about the Nepal airline sacrificing goats to appease the gods so the plane would fly. It’s crazy, but then again, I’d personally choose to fly on an airline that sacrificed goats rather than passengers.

    Thanks again for hosting the guest blogging…I’m enjoying it! — Mike A.

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