Goats Break Quarantine, Run Wild in City Streets

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San Jose, CA — May 13, 2020

Nothing like a little comedy to liven things up amid the continuing coronavirus lockdown. Who knew? Even goats don’t like staying in quarantine. It is a common practice in some California cities to use goats to control grass growth on hillsides too steep to build on. The goats graze keeping the grass under control and it helps to minimize wildfires in the dry climate.

Making a Break for It

According to NBC Bay Area, a herd of nearly 200 goats made their escape Tuesday when they broke the boards of an electric fence and took over East San Jose streets.

“When I got back from the store all the goats had broken through the fence and were wreaking havoc on our street,” tweeted Zach Roelands alongside a video of the incident. “This is the craziest thing to happen all quarantine.”

According to Roelands’ father Terry, one of the goats started breaking the boards on the fence in an attempt to eat flowers on its other side and the other goats followed suit.

The goats were wrangled and returned to their pasture. The only injuries were to some local vegetation that looked more appealing than their regular diet of grass.