A single heroic goat may have been behind an escape in which more than 75 goats and sheep broke out of a livestock auction house and fled.
#RNJNEWS: More than 75 goats, sheep escape Hackettstown Livestock Auction (VIDEO & PHOTOS)
Dozens of goats and sheep who were sentenced to be slaughtered escaped from the Hackettstown Livestock Auction in New Jersey through an open gate and were spotted by residents as they ran through the streets last Wednesday. The auction house manager, Bouwe Postma, says that he believes that another goat, who had made his escape from the facility more than a year ago, helped the animals break free.
The goat, nicknamed Fred, is still on the lam and is occasionally spotted around town. Last Thursday, after police had rounded up most of the escaped animals and returned them to the auction house, Postma spotted Fred back on site head-butting the gate to the pen in which the animals were being held in an apparent attempt to open it.
Postma chased the goat off and believes that he was behind the original jailbreak.
“It was him [last night],” Postma said. “I think he’s the culprit. He must have banged that fence and let [them] out last night. I’m almost positive. He must have put a lot of force into that.”
And while police were able to recapture about 60 animals, 15 to 20 are still on the loose and may have been saved from slaughter thanks to Fred.
As this vigilante goat who has to hide from his would-be captors clearly shows, animals are not voiceless or helpless but silenced and dominated. Inspired and wondering how you, as an ally, can help and uplift Fred and many others with a will to live just like him? Join PETA’s Action Team today and learn how one person can make a difference.