A few weeks ago, my sister sent me a gift from her trip to Quebec: a new friend for Mr. Goat, Batisse! At La Citadelle de Québec, Batisse the goat participates in the Changing of the Guard ceremony. He is descended from Tibetan goats given to the regiment by Queen Elizabeth II, and a line of Batisses have been the mascots of the Royal 22nd Regiment since 1955.
So now Mr. Goat and I need to go up to Quebec and meet Batisse. But it also started me thinking: where else in the world can I go visit goats? I love attending county fairs and farms to see the goats, but are there other famous goat locations around the world?
I turned to my favorite source for information on unusual travel destinations: Atlas Obscura. I was surprised at the number of results, and some of them are definitely on my bucket list.
If you love goats as much as I do, you’re well aware of the Tree Goat phenomenon. The pictures keep popping up on my Pinterest, and I’ve even seen tree goat calendars at the bookstore. This is no hoax: these Moroccan goats really do climb the trees to eat the fruit!
But tree climbing pales in comparison to the rock-scaling of the goats of Cingino Dam in Italy. These mountain goats climb across the 160-foot-high face of the dam, licking the rocks for salt.
Of course anyone with goats will tell you that goats will eat much more than just tree fruits and salt. True to the spirit of these voracious eaters, a bronze statue of a goat in Spokane, WA helps keep the city clean by “eating” litter – with a little help from a vacuum.
You can even find goats in the midst of bustling cities, like the I Goat statue in London. The artist explains its significance as a symbol of the independent-mindedness of Spitalfields, but I’d just be excited to see a goat in London! Guess I’ll have to go back!
Do you know of more exceptional goats to visit around the world? Let us know in the comments so we can add them to our list of places to visit!