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200 Goats Charged Through San Jose, CA, After Dramatic Escape

by Eben Diskin May 13, 2020

Witnessing animal takeovers of cities during lockdown isn’t exactly an unfamiliar scene, but this incident is a little different. These goats weren’t taking advantage of lockdown conditions to wander empty streets — they boldly orchestrated an escape from a backyard and charged through a San Jose neighborhood.

Terry Roelands has been using the goats to clear away the brush after the hill behind his home in San Jose, California, caught fire 15 years ago. On Tuesday, one of the goats tapped the electric fence meant to contain them, breaking it and allowing the 200 goats to escape onto the streets.

Zach, Roelands’ son, tweeted, “When I got back from the store all the goats had broken through the fence and were wreaking havoc on our street. This is the craziest thing to happen all quarantine.”

Luckily, a ranger was able to herd the goats back onto the ranchlands after just a few minutes, so no serious damage was caused by the incident. It’s also lucky that the goats didn’t join forces with the mountain goats that took over Llanduno, Wales, in March, or the mountain lions that descended on Boulder, Colorado. The last thing we need right now, on top of a global pandemic, is a full-scale animal invasion.

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