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Look who's been acting the goat in Carrickfergus by butting people, climbing on cars and eating plants

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

An escaped goat has caused havoc after being denied entry to a shop in Co Antrim.

The animal charged towards a pensioner - named Billy - jumped on cars and devoured plant pots during a half-hour rampage.

Shop manager Jonathan Smyth said he initially mistook the sound of the goat headbutting the window for a delivery.

He said: "I thought it was the bread man, but when I turned around I just saw this massive goat standing on its two hind legs.

"It seemed like it wanted to come into the shop and was looking straight at me."

The incident happened at a Eurospar in Carrickfergus early on Saturday morning. The manager described how the animal ran amok outside, eating flower baskets and frightening staff and customers as they tried to get into the building on Victoria Road.

"It was running around the place, chasing customers and jumping up on cars," Mr Smyth explained.

"It also butted one of our regular customers, Billy, who comes early every morning to get his paper.

"We had to quickly open the doors and drag Billy inside.

"Thankfully, the only real damage was to the plants, which we keep outside.

"It ate them all - but I thought I am not going out there to tell it off."

The pensioner was not hurt. The unusual visitor appeared at the Eurospar doors at about 6.30am. One customer tried to use the ATM, but ran back to her car when she spotted the goat.

Mr Smyth added: "We were the only light on in the area, so that's probably why it came over. There was not much we could do to stop it. The goat just kept running up to the window and butting it.

"Any time there was movement somewhere else it would run towards that.

"One of our staff had to jump into a customer's car because it came running towards her."

The goat was eventually stopped when a member of the public, believed to be the animal's owner, grabbed it by the horns and took it away.

Mr Smyth said: "It was an interesting morning."

Footage of the animal at the shop window has attracted thousands of views online.

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