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Runaway Goat Leaves Melbourne Police On A Wild Goose Chase

Melbourne, Feb 7: A billy goat which came on the road on Monday afternoon, caused huge traffic snarls and gave police a hard time for nearly four hours before it was captured.The billy goat made

PTI [ Updated: February 07, 2012 21:12 IST ]
runaway goat leaves melbourne police on a wild goose chase
runaway goat leaves melbourne police on a wild goose chase

Melbourne, Feb 7: A billy goat which came on the road on Monday afternoon, caused huge traffic snarls and gave police a hard time for nearly four hours before it was captured.


The billy goat made police a little gruff when it darted away from them on Elliott Avenue outside the Melbourne zoo's Parkville campus on Monday morning, prompting fears it would run on to nearby roads.

One witness tweeted that police were "running around like headless chooks!" attempting to capture the animal.

But the cunning billy goat was reportedly captured by police and a news crew in the middle of a nearby oval at 2.30pm.

Earlier, a police spokeswoman said police were called to Elliott Avenue about 10.20am and were still looking for the animal after midday.

"The last update we received was that it was still on the run, and was last seen heading south on Elliott Avenue," the police spokeswoman said.

It was not known how many police were outside the zoo, she said.

Melbourne Zoo spokeswoman Judith Henke said goats were not kept at the zoo, and zoo staff had also confirmed that none of its animals had escaped.

It is unclear if it is the same goat that last week was spotted on a grassy area of the CityLink toll road, near Flemington Road, and which had been spotted in the area several times over the past few weeks.

That animal eluded crews who were desperate to catch it.

"Being a goat, it is fairly quick and agile," a CityLink spokeswoman said last week, adding that protocol requires it to be sent to the Lost Dogs Home if caught.

The mystery surrounding the  runaway goat that snarled traffic and shocked onlookers remains even after its capture.

Drivers and passersby first spotted the billy goat outside the Melbourne Zoo around 10 a.m.  as it darted shot in and out of traffic, police said.

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