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And Finally – Welsh goats continue to have free run of a small town in Wales

At the start of lockdown in 2020, the news was awash with photos and stories of a group of goats who had taken over the streets of Llandudno in Wales.

Now more than 12 months on, the herd of Kashmir mountain goats are seen regularly in the streets of the small town, including at the local Primark.

Disappointingly for the goats, they can’t indulge in retail therapy yet due to the Government’s closure of non-essential shops during lockdown.

Nevertheless, the sight of around 15 animals trying to gain access to the store has kept the locals fascinated.

Will Roberts, a resident of the Welsh town who spotted the famous mountain goats recently, said: “I was cycling to work at 8am expecting to pass through an empty Parc Llandudno when I noticed the goats heading straight for Primark.

“It made me laugh so I stopped to take some photos. I think I counted 15 in total. ‘I thought I was getting accustomed to seeing them about but they keep managing to pop up in new and more surreal places.”

The goats, who usually live on the Great Orme headland by the Welsh seaside town, are now regular visitors to the quiet town, enjoying free roam of the deserted streets, climbing walls, eating plants and hedges.

Stories have continued to emerge throughout lockdown of the 120-strong heard getting caught in all kinds of places, including being found in queues for a barber and even inside a local hotel.

The goats are originally descended from Kashmir mountain goats that were given to Llandudno as a gift from Queen Victoria, and they continue to be a major attraction for the town.


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