Village invaded by Kashmiri goats after bad weather drives them inland
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A herd of hairy goats are terrorising local residents in a quiet holiday resort after bad weather drove them inland.The seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales has been home to a gang of long-haired Kashmiri goats since the 19th century who usually keep to themselves on the Great Orme.But the wind direction, rivals on the hill and recent poor weather has given the animals a taste for adventure, causing quite the commotion in town.The herd has reportedly been running riot in a school playground and left one couple startled when they returned home to find the goats chomping through their garden.Ian Jones, headteacher of Ysgol San Sior, said: “They’re charming to see but they eat everything. Jonathan Clements returned home to find six Kashmiri’s in his garden, with two butting horns. “Two were up on the garden walls, munching away at the greenery, and then one jumped down to join the four in the garden,” he added.“Luckily, we didn’t have any prize-winning flowers for them to eat but there is a noticeable difference to the thickness of the hedging.”The Kashmiri goats are thought to have been introduced to the Great Orme, a rocky hill overlooking the sea, in 1907 from the Royal Family’s Windsor Great Park herd, which had been presented to Queen Victoria by the Shah of Persia. The goats have got a taste for adventure and have begun straying into Llandudno and wreaking havocCredit:MERCURY PRESS Carer Claire Gough, 53, often finds the goats grazing on her lawn at this time of year and watches their antics from her window.She said: “I don’t mind, but the neighbour wasn’t happy as they ate all the flowers in his garden. “Even growing up, I’d wake up to find the goats munching on my parents’ garden.”The furore has led to locals having to heard them back to the fields just to get some peace.Conwy Council told the BBC it was not directly responsible for the goats. It said it has been looking to reduce the size of the herd by moving some of them – and with a trial of goat contraceptives.These animals are no strangers to the limelight. In February this year, one goat was due to be caught to become the Royal Welsh’s newest mascot, but evaded capture for several weeks.The kid, dubbed Fusilier Shenkin IV, was eventually captured one month later and is undergoing six months of training at Maindy Barracks in Cardiff. “They’ve destroyed so many of the trees in our orchard. We use the apples to make the school chutney we sell.”Most mornings we’ve been having to chase them off the school fields before the school day begins, so that involves the children from the Breakfast Club giving me a hand.”Last year we had twenty instances of children with ticks, and I think this summer we’re going to have many more because they’ve been on the school field sunbathing and lounging among the plants. “If they haven’t deposited ticks, I’ve no idea what they’ve done.” The goats have also been getting in trouble with local gardening enthusiasts who have found their flowerbeds devoured by the hungry herd. The goats making a nuisance of themselves in front gardensCredit:MERCURY PRESS Kashmiri goats in a suburban street in LlandudnoCredit:MERCURY PRESS The goats have been loitering outside a local primary school Credit:MERCURY PRESS Last summer, one of the goats had to rescued after becoming trapped on a rock ledge, forcing RSPCA officers to absaile 98ft down a rope and catch it by the horns.Helen Maydew, a 28-year-old shepherdess, said: “I think they’re a wonderful part of Llandudno’s history.”It’s a shame that it’s been so cold and the grass hasn’t started to grow which is why they are invading the town this year.”According to a recent count there are around 110 of them in Llandudno, this includes 64 nannies, 25 billies and 21 kids. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.