Goat demoted in disgrace

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  1. Dixielee

    Dixielee Well-Known Member

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    I had to share this. As a goat owner and lover, I can only shake my head in understanding. You can read the entire article at the link. It has a great picture of poor Billy.

    http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/06/24/goat.demoted.ap/index.html

    LONDON, England (AP) -- A British army regiment's ceremonial pet goat was demoted in disgrace after it marched out of line before a host of international dignitaries during a parade to mark Queen's Elizabeth II's birthday, a military spokesman said Saturday.

    The military mascot, a 6-year-old male goat called Billy, was downgraded from the rank of lance corporal to fusilier -- the same status as a private -- after army chiefs ruled his poor display had ruined the ceremony June 16 at a British army base in Episkopi, western Cyprus.

    Lance Cpl. Dai Davies, 22, the goat's handler, was unable to keep control during the march earlier this month, as the mascot darted from side to side, throwing soldiers off their stride, spokesman Captain Crispian Coates said by telephone from Episkopi -- one of two British bases on the island.

    "The goat, which has been the regiment's mascot since 2001, was supposed to be leading the march, but would not stay in line," said Coates. "He was reported for subordination and after consideration, the commanding officer decided he had no option but to demote Billy."

    Rest of article at link....
     
  2. Spinner

    Spinner Well-Known Member

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    Billy is one spoiled goat!

     

  3. Caprice Acres

    Caprice Acres AKA "mygoat" Staff Member Supporter

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    My friends' goats will always lunge for the cigarette butts on the side of the road when we take them for walks. Thier addicted to them, lol