Man nabs roaming goat in Mexico with Facebook following

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 | 6:50 p.m. CDT; updated 11:53 a.m. CDT, Friday, September 3, 2010

MEXICO — A wandering Missouri goat whose exploits have been chronicled on a popular Facebook page has been captured.

KXEO radio reports that a man named Mervin Beechy noticed the goat Tuesday afternoon while he was driving around the eastern Missouri town of Mexico.

Beechy fetched his trailer and horse and returned to the area. He told KXEO that he only had to chase the goat on horseback for about a quarter-mile before lassoing him.

The goat had been eluding capture since Aug. 21.

Animal control officers had been calling him Billy Goat Gruff.

The Facebook page that someone started for the goat has more than 8,000 fans. (By contrast, the Missourian has fewer than 600 fans on Facebook.) A post Tuesday afternoon, written from the goat's perspective, says he's been kept out of traffic until he can "bust back out" or "figure out what's next."

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Glenn Rice September 1, 2010 | 8:35 a.m.

Anyone remember the escaped wallaby a few years ago? Unfortunately things didn't turn out as well for the wallaby.

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