Because we are in a complete lockdown, animals can help us smile.

The first time I was introduced to the Royal Welsh’s parade in the 1970’s in Wrexham if I remember well, I was really impressed. Not so much by the soldiers but by their Mascot:  a Kashmir billy-goat. He was ahead of the parade  looking very proud of himself and really well-looked after ( groomed as a Lord and trained to march).  

Why a goat ? 

This dates back to an incident at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, during the American War of Independence. A wild goat is thought to have strayed onto the battlefield and led the Royal Welsh Fusiliers’ colour party from the field. A goat has served with the regiment ever since.

For a long time, a wild herd has been roaming the hills along  the  coast of The Great Orme in Llandudno, also called the “geriatric coast” as elderly people love it there because of its mild weather. Last time,  I went there there was a large number of older people discussing about the advantages or disadvantages of  such or such wheel chair 🙂 

In lockdown times these wild goats have come down the hills ( they also do it in bad weather) to help themselves to nice new savory spring green leaves in garden shrubs, hedges and to appreciate the quiet and the freedom of a good lunch and a well-deserved nice sun bath in the church yard, without being disturbed by tourists or locals 🙂 🙂

I just love it. The police are after them, trying to gather them. Good luck to them 🙂 🙂 They may be a little bit rebellious , recalcitrant and hard-headed. 😉