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Facebook-famous goat captured in Missouri

September 2, 2010 | 11:52 am

BillyGoat MEXICO, Mo. — A wandering Missouri goat whose exploits have been chronicled on a popular Facebook page has been captured. KXEO reported that a man named Mervin Beechy noticed the goat Tuesday afternoon while he was driving around the eastern Missouri town of Mexico.

Beechy fetched his trailer and horse and returned to the area. He told KXEO that he had to chase the goat on horseback only for about a quarter-mile before lassoing him.

The goat had been eluding capture since Aug. 21.

Animal control officers had been calling him Billy Goat Gruff.

The Facebook fan page that someone started for the goat has more than 8,000 followers. A post Tuesday afternoon, written from the goat's perspective, says he's been kept out of traffic until he can "bust back out" or "figure out what's next."

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-- Associated Press

Photo: A screen grab from a video of the Mexico, Mo., goat taken by YouTube user CGRIM5150

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