Goats Run Free Through Residential Neighborhood

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In what is easily one of the oddest pieces of recent news, over 100 goats got loose in Boise, Idaho. They were seen destroying front yards along one of the capital city’s residential streets. It’s not uncommon for people near rural areas to see a wild animal by their houses every once in a while, but this takes that to another level.

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There’s a fairly simple explanation for this strange occurrence, but it just might make the whole thing even weirder. Apparently, the goats belong to some local farmers who run a business called We Rent Goats, which, according to their website, "does just what our name says. We rent herds of goats to remove noxious weeds from fields, acreage, pastures, open spaces, ditches, ravines, embankments… you name it and the goats can clear it.”

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This a problem that a lot of people, especially those living in big cities, didn’t even know existed. But it must be normal enough to warrant an actual business that focuses exclusively on solving it. The company claims that the goats can do a variety of things, like removing non-native weeds, creating fire barriers around property and clearing land around golf courses.

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While many other animals, including cows and sheep, can also graze, they can’t do as good of a job as the goats, which are even a better alternative to bulldozers and herbicides. But there’s also the risk of the 118 goats escaping through a fence into a nearby neighborhood. Thankfully, all of the goats were found and rounded up before any major damage was done. If anything, it serves as a nice viral advertisement for We Rent Goats. Check out some news footage of the incident below...


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