Holy goat, let’s call 111

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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