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Ivy League Dorm to Stop Skinning, Roasting Goat

Harvard is ending decades-old tradition over health concerns, student discomfort

(Newser) - A Harvard University residence hall is ending a decades-old tradition of skinning and barbecuing a goat in the courtyard, per the AP . The Harvard Crimson student newspaper reports that Dunster House Faculty Deans Cheryl Chen and Sean Kelly informed students of the decision in an email last week, citing student... More »

Jon Stewart Steps Up to Save NYC Subway Goats

He helped get escaped animals to sanctuary

(Newser) - Jon Stewart came to the rescue Monday when New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority found what it called some "very baaaaad boys" munching grass on a subway track in Brooklyn, the New York Times reports. The MTA tweeted a photo of two goats, which had apparently escaped from... More »

Dozens of Goats Munch on Pretty Lawns

No kidding: Residents are surprised to see them

(Newser) - About 100 escaped goats have munched on manicured lawns in Idaho's capital city before being rounded up and hauled away, the AP reports. Multiple news outlets captured the goats calmly eating grass and shrubs in a Boise neighborhood Friday morning before a trailer arrived amid applause from neighborhood residents.... More »

$10K Reward Offered for Stolen Blind Baby Goat

Daisy's keepers want her back, 'no questions asked'

(Newser) - Who would steal a blind baby goat? That's what Canadians are asking this week after heartless thieves snatched Daisy from an animal sanctuary. Rescued when she was a newborn, nearly dead after crows had pecked out her eyes, Daisy has passed her last few months wearing flower necklaces at... More »

Grievance Filed Over Mowing Goats on College Campus

Union isn't happy about goats at Western Michigan University

(Newser) - A union has filed a grievance in response to Western Michigan University's hiring of goats to clear 15 acres of woodland on campus, the AP reports. According to the Kalamazoo Gazette , Kathi Babbit is the chief steward of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees local union.... More »

Why This Airport Has to Fix Its Goats and Bandits Problem

Nigeria's Kaduna airport will temporarily accept all of Abuja airport's flights

(Newser) - Next time you feel like ranting about LaGuardia or LAX, take a moment to give thanks you're not flying into Nigeria over the next few weeks (unless you are, in which case … sorry). Starting March 8, the airport in Kaduna will be servicing all travelers who previously flew... More »

People Are 'Losing Their Minds' for Goat Yoga

Somehow this isn't a 'Portlandia' sketch

(Newser) - A farm in Albany, Oregon, is offering yoga classes with goats. Portland is probably mad it didn't think of it first. The Oregonian reports it all started when a yoga instructor asked if she could host a class on Lainey Morse's No Regrets Farm. Morse's six goats... More »

Crafty Goat Pulls Off Escape for Buddy Clydesdale

Budweiser went missing for 5 days thanks to a well-placed head-butt

(Newser) - A dwarf billy goat gave new meaning to the word "scapegoat" when he busted out a surprisingly slippery Clydesdale that went on the lam in California for several days, reports the AP . The nearly 1-ton horse named Budweiser, who goes by "Buddy," was safely wrangled back into... More »

World's Oddest Animal Couple Splits

Timur the goat and Amur the tiger are no more

(Newser) - A romance that enchanted Russia may be over: As the AP reports, Timur the goat and Amur the tiger have had a fight and aren't together anymore. In November, the goat was placed in the tiger's compound in a wildlife park near Vladivostok with the expectation that the... More »

Stolen Baby Goat Has Been Found

GusGus is being reunited with his mother

(Newser) - The baby pygmy goat that vanished from the Arizona State Fair has been found. Fair livestock director Karen Searle says a man walking his dog along a canal in Phoenix found GusGus and took him to a pet store, where an attentive worker called the State Fair. Searle says GusGus... More »

Dudes Devour 40-Pound Goat to Break Cubs' Curse

Competitive eater and pals hope 'disgusting' meal gets Cubs to playoffs

(Newser) - The Cubs beat the Brewers 4-0 last night , gaining ground toward a wild-card spot in the National League playoffs, and if Chicago wins tonight, they may have a goat to thank. For 69 years, 11 months, and 17 days, the MLB team has labored under "The Billy Goat Curse,... More »

Aggressive Goats Get Idaho Trail Closed

It seems they expect food from humans

(Newser) - The US Forest Service has temporarily closed a northern Idaho hiking trail over concerns about aggressive mountain goats after one animal bit a hiker and others reportedly tried to head-butt or charge visitors. Scotchman Peak Trail, which leads to the summit of Bonner County's tallest mountain, was closed Friday,... More »

Scientists Devise Way to Clean Up Cow Burps

Small molecule could also curb greenhouse gas emissions

(Newser) - Cows are notorious methane gas producers, belching somewhere between 132 and 264 gallons of gas produced by food fermenting in the rumen (one of the four parts of their stomachs) every day. As the Washington Post reports, that's so significant that ruminant animals—including sheep and goats—actually contribute... More »

Couple Will Give Goat Farm to Winner of Essay Contest

Plus $20K to boot, in Alabama

(Newser) - If you've ever yearned to be a goat farmer, a couple in Alabama has an essay contest just for you. They plan to give away their 20-acre farm—complete with house, goats, and equipment—to the winning essay writer, reports WAAY-TV . Paul and Leslie Spell of Elkmont hope to... More »

NJ Cops Bust 'Disorderly' Goat

Critter was found headbutting the door of a residence

(Newser) - Sometimes New Jersey's finest have to make the hard calls, and one such call arrived in the form of a critter's head yesterday in Paramus. As the Star-Ledger reports, officers yesterday responding to reports of a "disorderly" goat on the loose found the little fella headbutting the... More »

These Goats Have a Job: to Eat Christmas Trees

Goat herder helps get rid of fire hazards

(Newser) - Goats are known to eat just about anything, but it didn't dawn on Vince Thomas until recently that the menu might include Christmas trees. "They'll eat the pine needles and leave the skeleton of the tree," says Thomas, a longtime volunteer firefighter who has come up... More »

Lost Sheep in Holiday Sweater Finds His Owner

Gage was found wandering the streets of Omaha

(Newser) - A sheep wearing a festive red-and-green sweater who was found wandering around Omaha has been reunited with his owner. Nebraska Humane Society spokeswoman Pam Wiese says someone reclaimed the sheep, named Gage, last night. The Humane Society was caring for Gage after he was found Sunday evening in an Omaha... More »

Goat-Sheep Mating Results in Rare 'Geep'

Farmer: 'I've never seen anything like him'

(Newser) - It's not often that you get a half-goat, half-sheep—at least not one that survives, experts tell the BBC . But a little "geep" is alive and well in Ireland, the Irish Farmers Journal reports. The creature was born roughly two weeks ago after a goat got in amongst... More »

Goats: Way Smarter Than You Thought

Study: They can learn complex tasks and remember them

(Newser) - Goats aren't known for being the Einsteins of the animal kingdom, but they're highly adaptable to challenging environments—and that may be because they're a lot smarter than researchers had believed, Phys.org reports. Scientists in London and Switzerland gave goats what they called a "complex... More »

Lucky Goats Escape Avalanche

As onlookers cheer

(Newser) - Things were not looking good for 10 mountain goats in the French Alps: As concerned onlookers watched (and videotaped), it appeared the Chamois goats would be overtaken by an avalanche. Six of the animals outran the oncoming snow, but four of them appeared to be overcome by it, the Telegraph... More »

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