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Wayward Missouri goat garners a legion of fans

August 31, 2010 | 11:41 am

What's not to love about a goat with an attitude?

A resident of the small town of Mexico, Mo., seems to share our affection for the humble farm animals and has started a Facebook fan page for the wandering goat that has mysteriously appeared in the town of about 11,000 people.

The goat has been spotted a number of times around Mexico; he's "visited Taco Bell, Dairy Queen, the hospital, the school and even got picked up by a security cam outside an electronics store," the Hannibal Courier-Post says. So, you know, all the hot spots. Animal control officers are trying to capture him, but so far have had no luck.

The goat, who's been given the nickname Billy Goat Gruff by animal control staffer Joe Horton, already has more than 8,500 Facebook fans. (We'd like to propose a name change, but we're short on ideas. Billy Goat Cyrus? Giles Goat-Boy?)

"I am seeing lots of mums around town," begins one status update on his enjoyably conversational Facebook page. "Some say goats don't like mums, but I think they're great. Sometimes when they're fresh in the ground I like to dig them up!"

Perhaps the oddest part of Billy's story, in our opinion, is that no one in the area has reported a missing goat.

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-- Lindsay Barnett

Video: CGRIM5150 via YouTube

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