This is the goat – already nicknamed ‘Billy’ by some locals – which has been spotted at a park in the centre of Ballymena … no kidding.
Billy had been running free in the People’s Park on Saturday.
The goat which has been milking attention after ending up in Ballymena’s People’s Park. Video: Ballymena Daily. https://ballymenadaily.com/local-news/youve-goat-to-be-kidding-police-called-in-after-farm-animal-spotted-in-the-peoples-park/
Posted by Ballymena Daily on Saturday, July 27, 2019
It is unknown if Billy’s visit to the park passed off without incident although a picture did appear on social media of the goat apparently sitting contentedly in a grassy area.
‘Ballymena Daily’ visited the park at 9pm on Saturday and found ‘Billy’ had been put in a make-shift compound with plenty of grass around him to munch on.
Earlier, the PSNI Ballymena Facebook page posted: ‘If you have lost a goat in the Ballymena area could you make contact with Police using 101 and the serial no.1487.
‘The goat was running freely in People’s Park, however it is now secure and we are seeking the owner to return it safely. #keepinggoatssafe’
The story made a huge impact on social media.
At the park last night, one couple out walking their dog couldn’t believe it when they spotted the goat.
“I hope somebody comes and collects it soon,” said a woman.
Another man told ‘Ballymena Daily’: “The goat has been put in a special makeshift compound surrounded by high barriers which were in the park for ongoing work.
“It seems happy and there is plenty of grass to eat. It seems a bit shy and seems to back off when people approach. I suppose it will have to be called ‘Billy’.”
It is the second high-profile animal related incident at the park in recent weeks.
There was a huge outpouring of public concern when a goose – which got the name ‘George’ – appeared to have been deliberately injured by a member of the public.
A spokesperson for Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, who own the People’s Park, told ‘Ballymena Daily’ on Monday: “The goat is currently in the care of Council and we are working with a local vet to ensure its wellbeing.
“Anybody with information is asked to contact Council’s Animal Welfare Officers on 028 2563 3134.”