Leaders of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency hired 100 goats to nibble away thick weeds on a steep slope at the corner of 4th and Hill streets, next to the Angels Flight funicular.

Agency officials said the goats were cheaper and more environmentally friendly than two-legged brush-clearers armed with gasoline-powered weed-whackers.

And they are much more fun to watch, downtown office workers and other passersby quickly decided, as the animals fanned out over the 45-degree slope and chowed down.

[read the whole story and see pictures]

Link spotted at I am Progress.

Do you ever go through your bookmarks and wonder just what the hell you were thinking?*

For example, I opened a folder marked “goats.” In it, I found a bookmark for the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, which is held every year during the first weekend in May. I haven’t been there in years.

Next was the Maryland Small Ruminant Page, a handy bookmark if ever there was one. The last bookmark was for Purina’s GoatChow page (goatnutrition.com).

On a (goat) related note, this year as a special gift to all our friends and family, we donated a goat through heifer international (with profuse apologies to the vegetarians). Mostly because I couldn’t stop saying, “Give the gift of a goat!” but also because it seemed like a nice thing to do. And giving a pig seemed like it had potential to be, um, problematic, seeing as this was a Hanukkah/Christmas type gift.

*small digression: While Dr. Noodles was on sabbatical last year I had great fun creating mysterious files of bookmarks on his computer (my favorite was “porkrinds, microwaveable.”) Somehow, I suspect that the bookmarks I just found were actually my own doing, but that doesn’t mean I’m not still looking for someone to blame.

It’s a Miracle!
“Goat Born With White ‘3’ On Its Side”

A four-month-old goat with a curious birthmark has fans of the late racing star Dale Earnhardt flocking to a north Florida farm to pay homage.

The brown Nubian goat, named Lil’ Dale, was born with a distinctive white three – Earnhardt’s number – on her right side.

“It’s weird,” said her owner, Jerry Pierson. “I’ve seen people take pictures and get tears in their eyes.”

All thanks to Nisa for sending me this Important News Bulletin.

I love this part from an ESPN article about the goat:

Kevin Harvick, who took over for Earnhardt after his death, is a fan of the goat, though. He thinks it’s healthy for the fans.

“I think the goat’s pretty cool,” he said. “Our fans are a different breed than most fans. They’re very dedicated and loyal and I think Dale Earnhardt means more to people than anyone since Elvis Presley. Dale Earnhardt has obviously become a shrine and the goat has become a shrine.”

more snakefish than you can shake a stick at
Yes, it’s the Spawn of Snakehead in the Washington Post. (Who didn’t see that headline coming?)

Suspicious Baby Fish Heighten Fears Among Md. Officials, Scientists.

Thus concludes today’s snakefish update.