Thursday, October 3, 2013

New shutdown victim: Herd of poison ivy eating goats lose their job...

Photo: Mary Frank, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press

I can't wait to hear Harry Reid whine about this on the Senate floor.

SANDY HOOK, N.J. -- For months now they've bleated at each other, locked horns and whiled away their days on the hill.
But enough about Congress.
The budget impasse in Washington, D.C., has chased a herd of ivy-eating goats from the Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook, N.J., ending their summerlong smorgasbord.
Looking fat and happy, the last of about 28 Nubians were trucked out Friday, bound for their home on a farm in upstate New York, said their owner, Larry Cihanek.
Cihanek, of Rhinebeck, N.Y., said he had to remove the animals for their own protection, in the event that a government shutdown shutters the park which is run by the National Park Service. He said he pulled another group of his goats out of Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, N.Y., for the same reason.

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