Holy goat, let’s call 111
He may have had four legs, two horns and a liking for grass, but a loose goat was treated as seriously as a human menace by a 111 operator.
A Wellingtonian had a surreal conversation with an emergency services telephonist after reporting a goat wandering beside State Highway 1 near Porirua last Thursday.
‘‘Thinking that it could possibly cause an accident, I called 111,’’ the caller said in a workplace email. ‘‘After a long discussion about how far south of Porirua the goat was, – 2km or 3km? I don’t bloody know! – the operator started reading from what was obviously a suspect identification script.’’
The motorist recalled the conversation as follows:
Operator: What colour was the goat? Motorist: White. Operator: Did it have any distinguishing marks?
Motorist: Um, it had a collar on. Operator: What age was it? Motorist: I don’t know. It was a goat!
Operator: Was it medium or heavy build? Motorist: It was a goat! Operator: Was it hungry? ‘‘I think he panicked when he asked that last question, unless of course there’s a band of dangerous man-eating goats just south of Porirua and he wasn’t sure whether he needed the armed response unit or not,’’ the motorist said.
A police spokeswoman said the pair exchanged humorous banter, but the call was treated seriously and animal control was advised of the situation.