Lismore police get their goat

APPARENTLY they don't teach goat herding at the NSW Police Academy, although they might want to reconsider that after the past week on the Northern Rivers.

Hot on the heels of Wategoat's dramatic escape from an RSPCA-led team intent on 'rescuing' her from the perilous cliffs of Cape Byron and sending her to a farm, police at Lismore have been given a run, and a little bit of a battering, by a couple of goats that found their way into the Lismore CBD.

Police from the Richmond Local Area Command report two goats turned up at the Auto Barn at Woodlark Street about 2pm Saturday and tried to get into the building. They were turned away, but the larger of the two goats was getting antsy and trying to run out into traffic.

Some passing police officers were flagged down and it fell to them to sort the animals out.

"Council rangers were not available so police have used their instinctive goat herding skills and attempted to to restrain the goats to prevent any possible accidents," police have said on their Facebook page.

They eventually managed to corral the goats in the fenced yard of a nearby petrol station and contact the owner, but not before the goats had a reasonable crack at sorting their would-be herders out as well.

The larger goat, which had been trying to run into traffic, knocked over the police woman who was trying to get it to safety and dragged her between 10 and 15 metres. The LAC reports the officer suffered cuts and bruising, but "soldiered on".



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