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Darren the waving goat: Your new YouTube sensation

October 24, 2009 | 12:15 pm

A U.K. goat named, rather inexplicably, Darren (really? a goat named Darren?) is becoming a worldwide superstar for his ability to perform an impressive trick: waving to his fans while standing on his hind legs. 

Darren, an Anglo-Nubian goat, makes his home at White Post Farm near Nottingham, England, where he lives alongside not only other goats but also sheep, pigs, cows, llamas, donkeys, ponies, chickens and even wallabies and deer.  According to Metro U.K., Darren spent months perfecting his signature trick after seeing a visiting group of children wave when they left his pen.

Now the goat performs his trick with gusto, much to the delight of visitors to White Post Farm, a popular destination for school groups.  Farm staff caught Darren waving on video, uploaded it to YouTube -- and voila, a star was born. 

According to Anthony Moore, the farm's marketing manager, Darren enjoys the adulation his strange talent brings him, but his fellow farm-dwellers are more jealous than impressed.  "All the other goats have worked out it gets him extra attention and food, so now they've started trying to copy him," Moore told Metro U.K. "He loves it."

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-- Lindsay Barnett

Video: deepsympathy via YouTube

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