200 Goats Busted out of Their Field and Wreaked Havoc in the Streets of San Jose

It is quite a shock (a hilarious shock) to see that many goats strolling casually through a suburban neighborhood.

Robin Zlotnick - Author

May 14 2020, Updated 9:11 a.m. ET

Nothing to see here, just a video of around 200 goats who busted through their fence and went for a stroll through a suburban neighborhood in East San Jose, California. Just kidding. You definitely need to see this.

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On May 12, Zach Roelands returned from the store to find a horde of goats loose and wandering the streets of his neighborhood. The goats really looked like there were on a mission. The video is truly something else, and it quickly went viral on Twitter.

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The confidence with which they trotted through someplace they definitely weren't supposed to be! But don't worry. The goats weren't able to wreak havoc for long. According to NBC Bay Area, a rancher got them back onto the ranchlands in a matter of five minutes. 

Terry Roelands said that the hill behind his home caught fire about 15 years ago. Since then, they use goats a few times a year to help clear the brush to prevent that from happening again. 

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Somehow, on Tuesday evening, one of the goats was eating flowers over a fence and "somehow tapped one of the electric fences, causing it and others to break the boards on the fence." Before they knew it, 200 goats had been let loose in the neighborhood and went for a stroll down the street and into people's yards.

Of course, the goats became, well, the GOATs of the internet, but the real standout star in this viral video is the one herding dog who's desperately trying to wrangle the animals as they stomp all over people's yards. 

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As for the havoc wreaked by the goats, it could have been way worse. Someone asked Zach if they at least ate all the grass and saved him having to mow the lawn for the next week. 

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This was his answer: "Nope they ate all the plants and pooped all over the grass. You know, more fertilizer so I’ll have to mow it twice as often." Amazing.

Imagine being an unsuspecting person working at their home desk, looking out the window and seeing 200 goats trotting by. That would definitely be the thing that convinced me I'd gone totally crazy during quarantine.

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Of course, Twitter users could not not with the jokes. They were plentiful. "Wow! They’re working on Herd Immunity!" one person wrote. "Ewe have to be kidding me," another person wrote.

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"Kids today," another wrote. Several people jokingly complained that the goats seemed to be disobeying stay-at-home orders and not practicing proper social distancing measures. Perhaps these goats aren't the GOAT after all. 

These goats are only some of the animals that seem to be "reclaiming" spaces humans had taken for themselves. Mountain goats wandered the streets of a village in Wales. Geese walked down Las Vegas Boulevard. And mountain lions were seen skulking through a neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado.  

While these weren't wild goats and they only got a taste of freedom before they were wrangled back to the ranchlands, this video provided a much needed giggle. Sometimes, the internet is good.

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