Who knew a short footage of goats going down a hillside would go viral? Apparently, it did.
Well actually, the main reason for the video’s popularity is that in the said clip, there weren’t just a few goats but there were hundreds of them.
As reported by MyFox8, the “Goats gone wild” video achieved viral status when it got “viewed more than 1.5 million times and shared more than 24,000 times” since being uploaded by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on their official Facebook page.
According to the post, the lab utilizes goats for the purpose of keeping their “grasses short” and decreasing “fire hazards.”
The lab hires a company in the area called – believe it or not – Goats R Us not only to help them get rid of excessive grass in the area but also to “brush on the hillside terrain.”
The lab goes on to explain that these goats are extremely helpful in consuming tall grasses and weeds which could pose as dangers in case of wildland fire. So yes, for these animals, working means eating – and they are doing their share in keeping a place safe. Or in the words of Berkeley Lab maintenance supervisor Thomas Price, they are “removing a fuel load as they go.”
This is done every summer and the ‘work’ usually takes 5 or 6 weeks. After the goats are done with consuming everything, they depart, “moving on to their next customer.”
Being part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratory system, Berkeley Lab works under the management of the University of California and is located just above UC’s Berkeley campus.
Hit the play button below and check out this cool viral video. Feel free to share this post among your social media friends, too. They’d love to see these awesome goats in action for sure!