Dateline: Clifton, Colorado. Mesa County Sheriffs Deputies were called to a home in the small town on the Western Slope of the Rockies last Thursday. A woman there claimed that she was being held hostage and was unable to leave her home. The culprit in this drama? A goat that the woman described as being "mean." The officers responded quickly (the next day) to investigate the case.

"Mean" Goat
"Mean" Goat

When the deputies arrived at the home they expected to find nothing more than a simple domestic dispute between "neighbors." They immediately identified the goat as the aggressor and tried to establish a peaceful line of communication so that the goat could be returned to its home nearby. The goat was having none of it and cornered one of the deputies. That is when the call escalated into a standoff.

"Mean" Goat
"Mean" Goat

The deputies called for back up to help quell the situation. In the end the goat cooperated with law enforcement. It was let off with just a warning. There is no word on whether or not its owners will be charged with anything.

Anyone who has been around goats knows that they can be mean -- even if they like you. When I was in pre-school there were animals all over the school. One of the goats became obsessed with me. One day the goat cornered me on the swing. Everyone went indoors without noticing that I was still trapped. Every time I tried to escape the goat countered with an aggressive move. By the time the teachers noticed it was missing it was too late. I had wet my pants. Of course, I was only 4 and these were grown men.

No wonder someone came up with the phrase "mean old goat" to describe some people!

Images via Mesa County Sheriff

Sources: 9News, Denver Post

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