CARRICKFERGUS — A rampaging goat recorded pounding on the glass door of a Northern Ireland store ran amok in the parking lot and head-butted an elderly man, a manager said.
Staff and customers ran for cover when the animal headed to the Carrickfergus shop on Saturday morning.
Shop manager, Jonathan Smyth, said the goat charged at one of his customers – named Billy – and “butted” him before Jonathan pulled the stricken pensioner to safety.
The 23-year-old told Belfast Live: “It lasted for about 30 minutes.
“I was getting the shop ready for opening and I heard a knocking. I thought it was a customer looking into the shop.
“I looked over and there was a goat standing on its hind legs against the door.
“It all just kicked off from there. It started trying to attack people and jumping onto cars. It was a big goat, people were genuinely afraid.”
The on-the-run beast then began to tuck in to nearby flower baskets and leapt onto cars as terrified punters locked themselves inside.
The shop boss added: “There was a wee pensioner, Billy, who is in his 70s. He was walking across and we tried to warn him.
“He didn’t understand us shouting ‘watch out for the goat’.
“Myself and another fella grabbed him and pulled him into the shop out of harm.
“He wasn’t injured and we got him calmed down.
“Another woman was trying to use the ATM and I shouted ‘goat!’.
“She had to run straight back to her car. It jumped onto a car and stared out those inside. It was crazy.”
A man believed to be the goat’s owner arrived at the shop and dragged the runaway from the scene by the horns.