Monday, June 26, 2006
Billy the Goat was a bad, bad, boy.
A British army regiment's ceremonial pet goat was demoted in disgrace after it marched out of line before a host of dignitaries during a parade to mark Queen Elizabeth II's birthday, a military spokesman said Saturday.How dare a goat upstage the soldiers that way. It's a disgrace, I tell ya. But there's more:
Lance Cpl. Dai Davies, 22, the goat's handler, was unable to keep control during the June 16 march. The mascot darted from side to side, throwing soldiers off their stride, Capt. Crispian Coates, a spokesman, said by telephone from the base in Cyprus.So the goat was acting like a goat, and now he's a lowly private. Ah, such is the life of a "soldier"?
Capt. William Rose, a soldier present at the parade, said the goat "was trying to head-butt the waist and nether regions of the drummers."
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