British Army demotes Goat for Indiscipline


LONDON, England (AP) — A British army regiment’s ceremonial pet goat was demoted in disgrace after it marched out of line before a host of international dignitaries during a parade to mark Queen’s Elizabeth II’s birthday, a military spokesman said Saturday.

The military mascot, a 6-year-old male goat called Billy, was downgraded from the rank of lance corporal to fusilier — the same status as a private — after army chiefs ruled his poor display had ruined the ceremony June 16 at a British army base in Episkopi, western Cyprus.

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One response to “British Army demotes Goat for Indiscipline

  1. Anonymous

    An example of a Silly season story!

    Excerpt from above link:
    “Typically, the latter half of the summer is slow in terms of newsworthy events. Historically, newspapers (which rely on subscriptions) see a drop-off in readership during this time. In the UK, Parliament takes its summer recess, so that parliamentary debates and Prime Minister’s Questions, which generate much news footage, do not take place. In order to retain (and attract) subscribers, newspapers would print attention-grabbing headlines and articles to boost sales, often to do with minor moral panics or child abductions.

    A side effect of stirring up the public in this manner comes when an authentic story is dismissed as a prank, or when a superfluous story is taken as legitimate (cf: The Sun, The National Enquirer etc).”

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