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Some residents want Billy Goat Gruff as Mexico's mascot

Friday, September 3, 2010 | 7:13 a.m. CDT; updated 9:51 a.m. CDT, Friday, September 3, 2010
"Billy Goat Gruff," a goat that eluded capture while roaming around Mexico, Mo., for the past week, stands in a pen on Thursday at the Missouri Livestock Market Center in Mexico. The goat was lassoed by Mervin Beechy on Tuesday night outside a Dairy Queen. The goat, a 4-year-old Boar/Nubian crossbreed, became well-known throughout Missouri and amassed more than 10,000 "likes" on Facebook.

MEXICO, Mo. — A goat that wandered the northeast Missouri town of Mexico continues to be a popular figure even after its capture, so much so that an effort is under way to make it Mexico's official mascot.

KXEO radio reports that businesswoman Nikki Leach has begun a petition drive to have Mexico officially adopt the goat as its mascot. She says it makes sense because Mexico is an agriculture-based community with thriving F-H and FFA chapters.

Leach has spoken with city and Chamber of Commerce officials.

The goat was spotted numerous times in Mexico between Aug. 21 and its capture earlier this week. A Facebook fan page for the itinerant animal includes more than 8,000 followers.

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