MEXICO — Billy the Mexico goat is no longer entertaining visitors.
For his own safety, he has been moved to “an undisclosed location," Nancy Schrock, an employee of the Missouri Livestock Center, said, dispelling rumors on Twitter that Billy had been kidnapped.
Billy will be up for auction Thursday at the center.
Previously, visitors were allowed to see Billy during the day. According to a Missourian article, Mervin Beechy, the man who captured Billy, moved him to a secure location each night to keep him away from potential rescuers.
Billy's caretaker could soon be the mysterious creator of the Mexico, Mo., goat’s Facebook page. In an e-mail, the man, who simply goes by the acronym "TMG," said he plans to bid on Billy at the auction.
“I will probably attend, or send support, so to speak. Either bid by proxy or personally bid,” TMG wrote.
TMG said he is from Mexico and was made aware of Billy’s escapades on the radio after hearing his co-workers discuss it.
As for why he decided to devote time and energy to an animal on the loose, TMG said he thought it would be “fun to start a fan page on the wandering goat.”
“It was kind of funny and whimsical, and even though it started slow, it snowballed into something very big and very special,” he said.
Since his capture, the movement to "Free Billy" has been gaining momentum among his fans. Billy appears to have many options if he gains freedom. Suggestions from his fans include getting Billy to host Saturday Night Live or run for President in 2012.
Perhaps no one but the man who currently channels Billy’s thoughts can put it better.
“Billy captures what most of us all want right now," TMG said. "Freedom, the ability to have a more carefree life, and he is a very positive goat to have around. Something that we all long to have is his outlook and perseverance."
The auction for Billy will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Midwest Exchange Regional Stockyards at 1120 Market Drive in Mexico. It is open to the public.