Friday, September 3, 2010

Thank God: Goats Rescued After Spending 2 Days on Ledge

Montana.  It's my patriotic duty to love the state, but what the hell are you doing over there?

Two goats that wandered onto a supposedly six-inch ledge (which I call bull on) were rescued by an enormous cherry picker after spending two days there.  To quote Sandy Church about the goats and the harrowing rescue, "The whole time, we thought they were going to fall off.  These guys are just babies."

Well this doesn't look so bad...
Oh wait...
The rest from Yahoo!:

HELENA, Mont. – Two young goats wandered onto the thin ledge of a railroad bridge and spent nearly two days high above the ground until rescuers in a towering cherry picker plucked them from their perch, hungry but safe.
The rescue occurred Wednesday 60 feet above a little-trafficked rural roadway in southern Montana between Billings and Roundup, after a caller told the Rimrock Humane Society the goats were stranded on the 6-inch ledge.
The young female animals weighing 25 and 35 pounds mostly stayed on the angled ledge, even though there was a wider surface area on a pillar just a few feet away.
"The whole time, we thought they were going to fall off," said Sandy Church, humane society president. "These guys are just babies."
Church said it wasn't clear how the nimble-footed animals got into the predicament, but she speculated they wandered onto the ledge at night then froze after the sun rose and they discovered where they were.
The goats sometimes stepped to the pillar to urinate then returned to the narrower ledge, where they tried to rest their tired legs by tucking them under their bodies for a few seconds, she said.

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