More than 100 goats took over a neighborhood outside of Boise, Idaho, and because it is August, and also pretty adorable, it is now news.
#Breaking - About 100 goats are on the loose right now in a #Boise neighborhood. They are going house to house eating everything in sight. Nobody has a clue where they came from...updates to follow pic.twitter.com/K0ghUwQEfk— Joe Parris (@KTVBJoe) August 3, 2018
KTVB’s Joe Parris broke the story, which begins with neighbors on a block in West Boise waking up to dozens and dozens of goats breakfasting on lawns, rose bushes, shrubs, trees. “They’re just going yard to yard eating everyone’s front lawn,” Parris said on air.
Party is over “kids”! Loose goats have been cornered and loaded back onto a truck owned by “We Rent Goats” pic.twitter.com/qWHrb7X7n6— Joe Parris (@KTVBJoe) August 3, 2018
Animal control showed up, according to KTVB, but only brought one truck for 118 goats. The source of the goat invasion remained a mystery until the news station discovered that they belonged to a company called We Rent Goats, which specializes “in renting herds of goats to remove noxious weeds from fields, acreage, pastures, open spaces, ditches, ravines, embankments … you name it and the goats can clear it.”
It turns out the goats were on the clock, eating weeds in a drainage ditch, according to the Washington Post. They broke free and, naturally, went on to sample the suburban flora. Their feast/free lawn care services ended by around 8:30 am local time — about an hour and a half later — when the bosses of We Rent Goats arrived in the neighborhood to round up their rogue employees.