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O'Hare's New Grounds Crew: Goats
Herd will munch on airport vegetation
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2013 5:27 PM CDT
O'Hare's new landscaping team will look something like this.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Chicago has hired a herd of goats to keep vegetation in check around O'Hare airport, reports the Tribune. About 25 goats will arrive in about a month and start chomping on 120 acres, with a focus on hard-to-mow embankments and areas with dense brush. A shepherd will be around to make sure they don't hit the runways. The city is happy because it says the $20,000 contract through the end of 2014 is cheaper than using machine mowers. And we'll guess the goats will be happy, given the possible alternative: Their owners also own a restaurant called The Butcher and the Burger, although goat burgers are not currently on the menu.

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May 11, 2013 4:23 PM CDT
May 10, 2013 1:43 PM CDT
With all the folks in a bind for work, couldn't we eliminate the Shepard and just mount handlebars on the goats and pay a modest wage to push a goat around for a day?, give credit vouchers to pay bills for pushing a goat for X amount of time.
May 9, 2013 10:29 AM CDT