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Wild goats cause mayhem in Llandudno town centre after bad weather forces them to lower ground

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 14/3/2019 Megan White
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A herd of wild goats has been wreaking havoc in a town centre after bad weather caused them to leave their hilly home.

The group of Kashmiri goats were seen wandering around Llandudno, North Wales, nibbling shrubbery and stopping traffic.

The animals, which usually live on the Great Orme, are thought to have gone in search of lower ground and shelter amid heavy rain and high winds. a couple of sheep standing on a sidewalk: The wild goats irritated locals by eating shrubbery (PA) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited The wild goats irritated locals by eating shrubbery (PA)

A Conwy Council spokeswoman said: "Goats going into town is not unusual, particularly at this time of year, there is no way of stopping them - it's more likely in foul weather as they look for lower ground and shelter."

The goats were a gift to Lord Mostyn from Queen Victoria and, although originally in the ownership of the Mostyn estate in Llandudno, the goats are regarded as wild animals.

Amused locals joked that the goats were "taking over the town" and said "it won’t be the seagulls pestering the visitors this summer!"

a goat standing in front of a brick building: The goats often venture into the town during spells of bad weather (PA) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited The goats often venture into the town during spells of bad weather (PA)

Janet Boyd commented: "Flipping nuisances! Far too many of them and really cheeky! If you want a great garden, top of Llandudno and the Orme is a bad idea."

David Williams added: "Llandudno's barometer - the lower they come, the worse the weather is going to be."

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