Thursday, September 2, 2010

Pigs Can Fly But Apparently Not Goats

HELENA, Mont. — Two young goats wandered onto the thin ledge of a railroad bridge and spent nearly two days high above the ground until rescuers in a towering cherry picker plucked them from their perch, hungry but safe.

These teeny little goats can barely be seen in the accompanying photo. They look like insects on the narrow ledge, just beneath the nut case person leaning out to try to see the goats. He or she is pretty damned lucky they didn't fall off that bridge and break some bones. Whoever it was, was taken to a mental hospital and held for observation for up to a month.

The rescue occurred Wednesday 60 feet above a little-trafficked rural roadway in southern Montana between Billings and Roundup, after a caller told the Rimrock Humane Society the goats were stranded on the 6-inch ledge.

Some observers just wanted the goats left there, to see what they would do. Others (the Palin faction) wanted to shoot them with high-powered rifles and videotape their falling carcasses. A childless couple from Laredo, Texas, offered to adopt the goats if they could be Fed Exed to them in Laredo.

There really is nothing especially bizarre about this story. Goats do this sort of thing all the time, and there are goats that can do some rather bizarre things, like the goat that either wandered onto or was dumped on my farm. That goat was very destructive and had some perverse sexual habits, too, that upset some of our women guests.

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