Afghani ghouls eat mission-escorting goat
- Canadian Troops Rue Afghans Getting Their Goat
Tue May 7, 9:38 AM ET
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (Reuters) - The hero of a three-day
Canadian sweep through the Tora Bora area of eastern Afghanistan
(news - web sites) wasn't an infantryman or a special forces soldier -
- it was Jimmy the goat.
Soldiers from the Third Battalion of the Princess Patricia's Light
Infantry say Jimmy took such a liking to them, he trailed them all
over the craggy mountains as they sought out cave complexes and took
DNA samples from suspected al Qaeda corpses.
Each time local villagers tried to take back the goat, Jimmy would
escape back up the mountain to the soldiers.
"The best thing about it (the mission) was Jimmy the goat," Master
Corporal Calvin Schrader said Tuesday. "We went up and down and he
just followed us everywhere."
But the villagers were not that impressed and finally retrieved him
once and for all.
"He eventually got eaten by the locals," Schrader said.