The coronavirus and some bad weather combined to cause some Kashmir goats to abandon their usual place on Great Orme, a headland on the coast of Wales and check out the local delicacies available in Llandudno, a nearby town. The goats are normally content to stay in the rocky limestone area, but the time was ripe to check out how the other half lives. They made the most of it.

Kashmir Goat in Lladudno
Kashmir Goat in Lladudno

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The history of these goats started way back in the early 19th century when the breed was brought to England to see if they would provide a good source of wool. That they did and more goats were bred in Windsor to create a fine wool that was a favorite of Queen Victoria. Later Lord Mostyn gained a pair of the goats and placed them on his estate. They probably were not the best animals to have browsing his land, so they ended up at Great Orme.

Kashmir Goats in Lladudno
Kashmir Goats in Lladudno

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There are now approximately 110 of these goats. The goats are now feral and belong to no one, though the wardens on the headland do keep an eye on them. The rocky landscape of Great Orme is more suited to their nature as great climbers. The size of the herd is controlled through artificial contraception to keep them from over-using the resources and invading the town.

Kashmir Goats in Lladudno
Kashmir Goats in Lladudno

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At this time of year the growth of edible plants for the goats would lure them to lower elevations where plants have already starting to green. The distinct lack of human activity most likely lured them into seeing what tasty treats they could find in town. Rocky garden walls were no deterrent to getting in to feast on shrubs, hedges, and flowers.

Kashmir Goats in Lladudno
Kashmir Goats in Lladudno

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Their first foray was at night and the police constables chased them off. However they were not put off and they were back for breakfast with the town's buffet laid out at their hooves. Hopefully, once the plants are growing enough on Great Orme, and the coronavirus lock-down is lifted, the goats will return to what has become their natural habitat.

Sources: WalesOnline, Travel and Leisure, Llandudno

 

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