STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Wild goats take over Welsh town amid coronavirus lockdown

A herd of goats has been seen roaming the deserted streets of a town in Wales, as its residents are under tight social movement restrictions to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

Posted: Apr 1, 2020 9:54 AM
Updated: Apr 1, 2020 9:59 AM


A coastal town in north Wales has found a whole new meaning to the phrase herd immunity, after goats were spotted roaming its quiet streets.

It comes just days after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced tighter restrictions around social movement last week in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Residents spotted herds of goats strolling around Llandudno on Friday and over the weekend, after more than a dozen of the animals ventured down from the Great Orme headland and roamed the streets of the coastal town.

Videos and pictures shared online show the goats grazing on grass from church grounds, flower beds, and residential properties.

They are referred to as Great Orme Kashmiri goats, whose ancestors originated from northern India, according to the town's official website.

Town resident, Carl Triggs, was returning home after delivering personal protective equipment masks when he saw the goats.

"The goats live on the hill overlooking the town. They stay up there, very rarely venturing into the street," he told CNN.

Resident Joanna Stallard spotted the goats in her garden and said they were a regular occurrence.

Mark Richards, from hotel Lansdowne House, told CNN: "They sometimes come to the foot of the Great Orme in March but this year they are all wandering the streets in town as there are no cars or people."

"They are becoming more and more confident with no people," he said, adding that it saves him cutting the hedge.

But local councilor Penny Andow told CNN she has lived in the area for 33 years and has never seen the goats venture from the Great Orme down into the town.

North Wales Police confirmed that they received a call on Saturday about the wild goats.

However, the force said it was "not that unusual in Llandudno."

"We are not aware of officers attending to them as they usually make their own way back," the police said in a statement sent to CNN.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 394079

Reported Deaths: 32043
CountyConfirmedDeaths
New York City21547523104
Nassau418532183
Suffolk414271981
Westchester348661425
Rockland13602668
Orange10730478
Erie7337634
Dutchess4213151
Monroe3780266
Onondaga2863184
Albany2112121
Ulster178286
Oneida164290
Sullivan145245
Putnam132963
Niagara123788
Schenectady80537
Broome72258
Rensselaer55528
Saratoga55014
Columbia46637
Madison35717
Orleans28151
Steuben26841
Ontario2659
Warren26330
Greene26018
Fulton25724
Washington24614
Genesee2385
St. Lawrence2192
Oswego2013
Tompkins1770
Wayne1743
Herkimer1623
Chenango1465
Chemung1442
Tioga14324
Livingston1308
Chautauqua1277
Cattaraugus1236
Cayuga1192
Montgomery1184
Clinton1014
Wyoming955
Delaware914
Jefferson880
Otsego845
Seneca700
Allegany610
Schoharie580
Cortland470
Yates466
Essex420
Franklin310
Lewis300
Schuyler130
Hamilton60
Unassigned00
Utica
Scattered Clouds
86° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 88°
Oneonta
Broken Clouds
83° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 83°
Herkimer
Scattered Clouds
86° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 88°
Thendara
Scattered Clouds
86° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 88°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
Senior Send-Off brought to you by Herkimer College
Menu 2 Go list of takeout dinners & fish fries
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left