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258U.K. Army regiment bids goodbye to loyal goat mascot Billy

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    May 20, 2009
      U.K. Army regiment bids goodbye to loyal goat mascot named Billy

      LONDON - The Royal Welsh Regiment is saying farewell to a four-legged military buddy.

      After seven years of U.K. Army service, Billy the goat, whose full name is William Windsor, retired amid pomp and ceremony today. The nine-year-old will enjoy his retirement at a zoo outside of London.

      The battalion has had a goat in its ranks for more than 200 years in a tradition that dates to the U.S. Revolutionary War when a wild goat wandered onto a battlefield and ended up leading the regimental colours at the end of a battle.

      To this day, the regimental goat marches in front of the battalion in ceremonies.

      Billy's replacement will be unveiled next month when a kid will be selected from a herd in north Wales.