Police called in to cool down randy billy goat
A hobby farmer in Norway has called in the police after an oversexed billy goat broke into his pasture and began terrorising his herd.
Morten Kronen of the Hordaland police told Norway's Dagbladet newspaper that the fact that his goats were castrated males rather than females had done nothing to cool the ardour of their unwanted suitor.
"This goat is enormously virile and horny. It is affecting his goats," he said. "It's so horny that it's about to burst, it's abusing the goats. We can only hope that the owner comes forward so we can cool this goat down."
Bjørn Tore Espevik complained that he now had to keep his four goats inside to protect them from the intruder.
"The goat is trying to catch the others, it's trying to gore them and chases them around. I don't want to pay the veterinary bills if he damages them, so I have had to lock them up," Espevik told Dagbladet.
Both Espevik and the local police have tried and failed to locate the owner of the ram, which has been not ear-marked in the traditional way.
"If the goat had been ear-marked, I could have found the owner in two seconds. But it only has a bell, and none of the neighbours know it," Espevik told local Bergensavisen paper.
He hopes that the goat can be returned to his rightful owner before he causes more serious damage.
"If he comes into the pasture of someone who is doing proper goat breeding, it could get really serious. I hope someone picks him up. If nobody wants him, he will probably have to be put down," he told Dagbladet.
The police also want the owner found urgently, even though Espvik's goats will soon be free to roam.
"It's a really vicious ram. The rural police will have to go there tomorrow to catch this goat and leave it with the Food Safety Authority so that they get some help," says Kronen.