The adorable creatures escaped by breaking a fence in San Jose.

By Andrea Romano
May 13, 2020
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When the humans are away, the goats will play.

A herd of 200 goats took to the streets of the Silver Creek neighborhood of San Jose, California after a fence broke, according to NBC Bay Area.

The goats belonged to Terry Roelands, who used the goats a few times a year to clear the brush behind his home after an incident that caused a fire to break out on the hill behind his house about 15 years ago.

“We had a tractor try to cut all the weeds a few years ago and it hit a rock and set the whole hill on fire,” Roelands told Mercury News.

Goats are actually a great, natural way to maintain landscapes since they often eat unwanted plant life. In fact, a small herd of goats has even been used to clear parts of Riverside Park in New York City. Not only do the goats get a full-on buffet of plants, but people can also manage their environment without resorting to pesticides or harmful equipment.

According to NBC Bay Area, one of the goats was doing its job on Tuesday, eating flowers, when it accidentally broke one of the fences — setting the entire herd free to roam the neighborhood.

Roelands’ son, Zach, managed to capture a video of the goats exploring the town. “When I got back from the store all the goats had broken through the fence and were recking havoc on our street,” Zach Roelands wrote on Twitter. “This is the craziest thing to happen all quarantine.”

Luckily, there were few cars or people around due to quarantine measures to combat coronavirus, so the goats were not blocking traffic or put in harm’s way by being out in the street.

According to Mercury News, the goats busted out around 5:30 p.m., local time, and were rounded back up shortly after — though some potted plants around the neighborhood had been munched on in the interim.