The ramvolution has begun.
The seaside resort town of Llandudno is typically rammed with tourists each summer, but the COVID-19 outbreak has forced everyone indoors and left plenty of room for visitors of another kind.
Locals have posted several photos and videos online of roughly a dozen wild Kashmiri mountain goats wandering around downtown Llandudno, where they could be seen hopping on benches and capering around on the pavement over several days.
One video shows the goats treating a retaining wall like a cliff face, standing precariously on the edge while munching on the scruffy grass growing between the stones.
Another video shows the goats wandering through a deserted downtown roundabout intersection.
“They are curious, goats are,” town Coun. Carol Marubbi told the BBC. “I think they are wondering what’s going on like everybody else.”
Local reporter and self-described “goat correspondent” Andrew Stuart has been breathlessly covering the story since Saturday through various Twitter yarns threads.
“They’re still here,” he tweeted along with a photo on Tuesday. “They live here now I think.”
“I, for one, welcome our new goat overlords,” Stuart wrote on Monday, in a reference to The Simpsons.
The goats typically live on the nearby Great Orme reserve, but they have been known to seek shelter in town during bad weather, Marubbi told the Evening Standard.
The goats are said to have been introduced to the area back in 1907 after Queen Victoria received them as a gift from the Shah of Persia.
Marubbi says the animals are well-regarded in the community, and there are no plans to call in a goatbuster.
In fact, when it comes to distractions from COVID-19, this one might be the GOAT (greatest of all time) for residents of Llandudno.
“There isn’t anyone else around,” Marubbi said. “So they probably decided they may as well take over.”
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