Lance Corporal Billy The Goat, Retires

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On May 20th, soldiers from the Royal Welsh Army unit based in Chester, gathered to honor one of their own - Billy a nine-year old Kashmir goat, who retired after seven years of selfless service with the unit.

Billy, whose full name is William Windsor, sported a gleaming head plate and a freshly groomed coat, as he marched to an awaiting trailer, with the dignity of a true soldier.

The retired veteran will spend the rest of his days grazing peacefully at the Whipsnade Zoo in London. His replacement will be picked next month, from a fine herd that is currently grazing in the Great Orme region, in North Wales.

Billy is part of a long tradition of goat mascots, dating back 200 years - when the Royal Welsh Army received one as a gift from Queen Victoria in 1844.

The mascot, who is considered to be a full member of the battalion, always marches in the front during ceremonial occasions and even travels overseas with the troop. The revered animal has a full-time carer known as Goat Major, to take care of its every need. Talk about one lucky goat!

sources:walesonline.co.uk, telegraph.co.uk, dailmail.co.uk

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  • AnonymousTuesday, June 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm
    Lol thats soooo cool and cute! A goat in the army lol!
    • bobevansisawesome2
      bobevansisawesome2Friday, February 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm
      O.K
      • mimiFriday, August 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm
        NOT!!!
        • mimiFriday, August 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm
          coolest...
          • mimiFriday, August 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm
            cooler
            • mimiFriday, August 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm
              cool
              • personFriday, August 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm
                I dont get it. That's nor funny or interesting
                • chichiSaturday, May 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm
                  RETIRED???? HAHAHA
                  • CoolyWednesday, December 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm
                    Seeed
                    • CoolyWednesday, December 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm
                      Fsfss