A herd of 200 goats broke free from their paddock today, wildly invading a quiet residential street videotaped by a bewildered witness.
The working goats normally graze on weeds growing in the surrounding hills in San Jose, California, USA.
But the cheeky animals ended up in a neighborhood on the east side of the city and were spotted chewing the residents’ lawns and potted plants.
In the clip, the sizeable herd shoots down a street past bins and lawns as people scream in the background.
The confused goats are chased by a small tractor that seems to drive them out of people’s homes.
Zach Roelands, who shot the great footage and shared it on Twitter, said, “I’m dead. When I came back from the shop all the goats had broken through the gate and caused great damage to our street. ‘
He added, “This is the craziest thing going on in quarantine.”
The greedy goats actually serve an important purpose in managing the plants on the hill – which cannot be done mechanically.
“We tried a tractor a few years ago to cut all the weeds and it hit a rock and set the whole hill on fire,” Zach explained.
The goats are called once a year to spend a few days cleaning up the dead vegetation with their almost endless appetites and the ability to eat almost anything.
Zach said the goats moved quite quickly, but left a trail of feces.
The strange images caused a stir on Twitter, where it was viewed more than 2 million times, where many viewers joked about the ongoing pandemic of the coronavirus.
“Damn it, even the goats are tired of staying at home,” one of them joked.
A second said, “Wait, they don’t wear masks. They crowd out each other.”
“Maybe they misunderstood the meaning of the herd’s immunity,” a third quipped.
Another viewer sounded shocked: “That’s crazy. I’m not sure what I would do if a goat rush came on me. It’s so strange.”
This comes after a herd of goats entered a Welsh village and made themselves home, even if they were chased by the police.
And a two-headed baby goat shocked farmers when it was delivered after a hard labor at a family farm in Wittenberg, Wisconsin.