In all the years they have roamed a rocky headland, they have been content to live on a diet of grass and wild berries.
But now a seaside resort’s famous herd of goats have, it seems, developed a taste for the finer things in life.
Unfortunately for residents, it means no vegetable patch, orchard or flower bed is safe.
The 110 Kashmiri goats invaded residential areas of Llandudno in North Wales after apparently being driven inland by a combination of the harsh winter and competition for food from rival sheep.
Pictures taken by gobsmacked locals in the town of Llandudno, North Wales show the animals roaming the streets
Pictures showed the animals chewing on locals’ hedges and strolling through their gardens
Claire Gough, 53, a carer, often finds the animals grazing on her lawn and eating shrubs and hedgerows. ‘I don’t mind, but the neighbour wasn’t happy as they ate all the flowers in his garden,’ she said.
The white-horned goats are descendants of a number given to Llandudno landowner Lord Mostyn by Queen Victoria in the late 19th century which made their home on the Great Orme, a 650ft limestone headland.
They used to be a tourist attraction but are now considered by many locals to be a nuisance.
Headteacher Ian Jones and his pupils spend each morning shooing the goats away from San Sior Primary School, where they have been tucking into tulips and apple trees.‘They’re charming to see but they eat everything,’ Mr Jones said yesterday. ‘They’ve destroyed so many of the trees in our orchard. We won Wales In Bloom last year, but I don’t think we’ll be winning it again this year.’ An additional problem is that the shaggy goats carry parasites. ‘Last year we had twenty instances of children with ticks,’ he said.
‘This summer we’re going to have many more because the goats have been on the school field – sunbathing and lounging among the plants.’
In February, the Royal Welch Fusiliers tried to capture a kid from the herd to use as a mascot. It gave them the slip but was caught a month later. Llandudno is not the only part of Britain to suffer a goat invasion.
The village of Cheddar, Somerset, has seen gardens destroyed by a feral herd released into Cheddar Gorge by the Marquess of Bath.
They can also be seen poking their heads out from behind bushes as they took over the entire town
Although the goats used to be considered a tourist attraction – many locals now simply see them as a nuisance