Missing Goat Found 25 Miles Away From Farm At Tram Stop In Manchester

Missing Goat Found 25 Miles Away From Farm At Tram Stop In Manchester

1 hour ago 4  Shares Missing Goat Found 25 Miles Away From Farm At Tram Stop In Manchester Sun Mar 17 2019 11:42:31 GMT+0000 (GMT) Sun Mar 17 2019 11:43:06 GMT+0000 (GMT) Jake Massey Jake Massey in  News Powered by Most of us aren't exactly firing on all cylinders on our Friday morning commute. A…


Most of us aren’t exactly firing on all cylinders on our Friday morning commute. A long week has ordinarily drained the tank physically, while mentally, we dream of the pub/takeaway/Graham Norton that awaits later that evening.

As such, we can be forgiven for being a little less observant than usual. That said, you think you’d at least raise any eyebrow if one of your fellow commuters was a goat.

But commuters in Manchester, UK, didn’t seem to give two shits about the four-legged traveller that joined them on the tram platform on Friday morning.

Commuters in Manchester didn't seem at all bothered by the goat at the tram stop. Credit: Mercury Press & Media Ltd
Commuters in Manchester didn’t seem at all bothered by the goat at the tram stop. Credit: Mercury Press & Media Ltd

Pictures show the goat stood behind the yellow line at the Sale Water Park platform, while humans stand by her side, scrolling through their phones and generally not giving a shit about the bonus goat.

But it turned out the goat’s appearance at the tram stop was even more bizarre than it seems, as she hadn’t just wandered astray from a nearby field – she had made it 25 miles from her farm in Saddleworth.

Pygmy goat, Belle, had been reported missing on Monday by her owner Julie Swindell, 49, who concluded that she must have been stolen.

She said: “I definitely think she was stolen as she turned up 25 miles away. There is no way she could have got that far on her own.”

… Apart from maybe via tram, Julie?

Fortunately, animal rescuer, Louise Fields, from the Dogs 4 Rescue in Salford, headed down to collect Belle and looked after her before Julie came to pick her up.

Spot the dog wondering what kind of dog Belle is. Credit: Mercury Press & Media Ltd
Spot the dog wondering what kind of dog Belle is. Credit: Mercury Press & Media Ltd

Louise said: “It was so funny the way the commuters were just on their phones – how could they resist having snuggles with agoatwho was right there?

“The owner came to collect her. She thought she would have been in the pot.”

Having hopefully quenched her appetite for exploration of the big bad city, Belle is now back at the farm with her brother Jingle. Now what a lovely pair of names that is, they could probably make a song out of it: “Belle Jingles, Belle Jingles, Belle all the way, Oh what fun it is to ride on a tram that stops in Saaale.”

Julie said she and Jingle were happy to have Belle back.

Belle is now back on the farm. Credit: Mercury Press & Media Ltd
Belle is now back on the farm. Credit: Mercury Press & Media Ltd

She said: “I was so pleased to have found Belle. She is very tame so she would have been easy to take. Her twin brother, Jingle, was missing her too.

“I’m just so pleased that she is home,goats don’t do well on their own.”

Goats don’t do well in their own? Try tell Belle that, who after five days had not only made it 25 miles from home, but had also managed to seemingly fully integrate into human society.

Bravo Belle.

Featured Image Credit: Mercury Press & Media Ltd

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Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University before going to live in Australia and New Zealand for a few years, where he wrote a travel blog. He has previously written for the Eastern Daily Press, Giggle Beats, CALM and Front Magazine. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

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