27 Jun 2006

British army goat demoted

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GoatThe six-year-old mascot for a British army battalion has been demoted in disgrace for acting the goat during a parade in full view of dignitaries.

Billy Goat has been a mascot of the First Battalion, the Royal Welsh regiment, since he was six months old and had the official rank of lance-corporal before his frisky antics during a parade marking Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday earlier this month.

The army said he had been demoted to fusilier (private) as a result of his behavior.

“The goat major had a hard time keeping him in line, he was bouncing around all over the place,” military spokesman Captain Crispian Coates told Reuters Saturday. “This is his first overseas tour. He has certainly not made a good start for himself.”

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