One Cool Thing: Goats in the City


Image: Scott Bauer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Two dozen goats were unleashed in Manhattan’s Riverside park last week to get to work chomping down on invasive weeds. Crowds of spectators went to the park Wednesday to witness the ceremonial “running of the goats,” as the animals were released into the area, where they enjoyed a multi-course meal of Japanese knotweed, porcelain berry, multiflora rose, and even poison ivy. “Putting them to work in ‘Goatham’ is like treating them to an all-you-can-eat buffet,” said Dan Garodnick, the president and CEO of the Riverside Park Conservancy. “It’s healthy for the goats, and it’s good for the environment. That’s farm to table.”

Thanks to their hard work, five of these hungry creatures will be staying at Riverside park until the end of August to eat their fill across two acres of park. The public can even vote for their favorite to determine which goat is the GOAT (Greatest of All Time). Voters can show their support for Buckles, Chalupa, Mallemar, Ms. Bo Peep, and Skittles for the title, and the winner will be announced at the end of the summer.

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