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article imageGoats rescued after spending 2 days on ledge 60 feet above road

By Lynn Curwin     Sep 4, 2010 in World
Helena - Two young goats spent two days on a narrow ledge high above a road in Montana. The animals were finally rescued with a cherry picker.
The goats were discovered on the six-inch ledge of a railroad bridge 60 feet above the ground.
"The whole time, we thought they were going to fall off," The Associated Press quoted Sandy Church, president of the Rimrock Humane Society, as saying. "These guys are just babies."
The rescue was delayed because after the first report there was confusion about the location.
The animals, which weighed 25 and 35 pounds, spent most of the time on the very narrow ledge, even though there was a wider section nearby.
Officials from Signal Peak Energy, which operates a nearby coal mine, offered the use of their equipment for the rescue operation.
“We have absolutely no idea how or why these little critters would go out on this bridge,” Church told the Billings Gazette. “The only thing we can figure is it happened at night and they were unsure of their surroundings. Once morning came, they were too scared to walk back where they came from.”
The goats remained calm during the rescue and were taken to Animal Edventures Sanctuary.
They were wearing collars, but if no owner comes forward there are already people interested in adopting them.
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