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Goats on the lam

Ten goats escaped from a slaughterhouse in Furuset, east Oslo, Tuesday morning. One was returned, but owners continued to search for the remaining nine runaways.

Police struggled to locate all the goats, who spread themselves around the industrial Alnabru area. “They escaped from the slaughterhouse around 10 am Tuesday morning, and are still on the run,” Sven-Martin Ege, operations manager with the Oslo police department, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). The goats defected by jumping fences and climbing under barriers.

Goat droppings were found in nearby Alna park, and one of the kids was observed galloping past an IKEA store at Furuset. It is not likely that the goats have made it very far, and police assume they are still located in the eastern part of the capital. The public is encouraged to give tips. “If someone sees goats in the area, they should contact the police,” says Ege.

UPDATE: The ten goats that fled the Flatland slaughterhouse in Furuset were safely returned to their owner Wednesday afternoon, who has made the decision to let the escapees live. The farmer himself, dog handlers and four shepherd dogs, one veterinarian and a barrage of journalists were involved in yesterday’s search effort.

Geir Marring of Oslo dog grooming school says goats are experts at hiding from the enemy. “When they are scared, they lay down in the grass and are impossible to spot. Without the dogs we would never have gotten hold of them,” Marring told newspaper Aftenposten.

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