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So I've been away on fieldwork. It was nice; the sun, the extremely compact soils, the flies...But thankfully, there were no spiders. Which meant the trip was a success. The job involved doing excavation work on a variety of properties in Central Victoria. There were two property owners that requested I call before descending with shovels, trowels and crowbars. And so I did. I had to arrange appointment times to access their properties because of 'problem animals'.

Problem animals. It may make you think of dogs, bulls or even geese. But none of those were the culprits. No, it was their goats.

One was locked away before we arrived, because she just loves to 'make friends'. Apparently, this entails the goat sidling up to a person before butting them 'gently'. After checking the animal out (who I may have referred to as 'you evil slit-eyed freak')*, I determined she had pretty long, shiny horns. I was glad she was on the other side of a fence. Especially after I badmouthed her.

The second goat was nowhere in sight at the start. We began digging and finished 3/4 of the hole when three cows and two goats come bounding up to their owner who was watching us with bemusement as we dug a hole in his very nice paddock. The cows kept their distance, but the two goats were curious. One, Buttons, more so than the other. Buttons was named as such not because she was as cute as a button, but because she has a habit of butting people. She was a light, cream colour and was as much of a kleptomaniac as my cat, Saxon.

Before we knew what was happening, Buttons was trying to eat one of the Traditional Owner's backpacks. While he was trying to deal with the furry problem, the goat nicked off and began nibbling on the other Traditional Owner's arm. After deterred from this behaviour, the goat tried to steal a discarded glove from the other archaeologist. And then, when I went to grab my trowel, I found it in the mouth of Buttons, who was trying to sneak away with her prize.

Her owner called her a menace and tried to shoo her away, but the goat snuck back and tried to make off with another item when he got distracted. We were all laughing at Buttons' antics while the owner was mortified by her bad behaviour.

So the moral of the story? When it comes to working on rural properties, goats are your biggest worry.

*I do actually think goats are pretty cute. Their eyes are strange, though.



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5th Dec, 2013 03:16 (UTC)
Did Indiana Jones encounter any goats? He should have ;-)
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