MOUNTAIN goats dangle blindfold from helicopters as they are flown to a new home in the US.
The Olympic National Park in Washington is moving its goats, introduced in the 1920s, to their natural habitat in the Cascade Mountains.
The 17 animals captured at the start of a two-week period were sedated and flown in slings to a staging area. There, they were checked by vets and fitted with tracking collars before being taken on by helicopter to their new home.
One six-week-old kid got to ride in the helicopter on an official’s lap, instead of hanging beneath it.
US Forest Service biologist Jesse Plumage said: ‘Mountain goat relocation will allow these animals to reoccupy historical range areas.’
The state has so far moved 115 of around 725 goats in a project which began last year.