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Sling your hoof… goats fly to new mountain home

Do we look like
silly billys? The
sedated goats
hang in slings
from a helicopter
on their way to
the Cascade
Mountains in
Washington PICTURE: AP

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.

Kid you not: A baby gets a helicopter ride PICTURE: AP

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.