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British army demotes regimental goat mascot for insubordination

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    LONDON (AP) - A British army regiment s mascot goat was demoted in disgrace after it disrupted a parade before a host of international dignitaries to mark the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 25, 2006
      LONDON (AP) - A British army regiment's mascot goat was demoted in
      disgrace after it disrupted a parade before a host of international
      dignitaries to mark the Queen's birthday, a military spokesman said

      The military mascot, a six-year-old male goat called Billy, was
      downgraded from the rank of lance-corporal to fusilier - the same
      status as a private - after army chiefs ruled his poor display ruined
      the ceremony June 16 at a British army base in Episkopi, western

      Lance-Cpl. Dai Davies, 22, the goat's handler, was unable to keep
      control during the parade earlier this month, as the mascot darted
      from side to side, throwing soldiers off their stride, spokesman
      Capt. Crispian Coates said by telephone from Episkopi - one of two
      British bases on the island.

      "The goat, which has been the Royal Welsh Regiment's mascot since
      2001, was supposed to be leading the march but would not stay in
      line," said Coates.

      "He was reported for insubordination and after consideration, the
      commanding officer decided he had no option but to demote Billy."

      Capt. William Rose, a soldier present at the parade, said the
      goat "was trying to headbutt the waist and nether regions of the

      A total of 11 mascots - including a ferret, an Indian black buck and
      a ram - are kept by the British army but regiments do not take the
      mascots on tours to combat zones. British members of Parliament were
      told last month keeping the mascots costs the equivalent of about
      $60,000 Cdn a year.

      The Welsh regiment was presented with a goat from the royal herd in
      1746 and Billy is descended from the same bloodline, said a
      spokeswoman for Britain's Ministry of Defence, on customary condition
      of anonymity.

      "He is not a grazing goat and has food flown in from Wales. Billy
      also has an allowance of two cigarettes a day - both of which he
      eats," said the spokeswoman.

      Ambassadors from Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, a United Nations
      special representative and the head of UN forces in Cyprus all
      attended the parade in Cyprus, Coates added.



      cmon people, its a GOAT.
      give him his 2 butts and leave him the ell alone already.

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