10. Goats Being Hired
Goats are being hired to do the work
men in a neighborhood just outside of San
. The fires that occurred in Hillborough four years
destroyed thirty homes, most of which have been
. While contractors were rebuilding the homes, nature was
the grasses, bushes, and shrubs. The area is
so overgrown in brush that it again poses
major fire hazard.
The city council asked for
to remove the brush. The lowest bid they
was $50,000. And that was if the city
breakfast and lunch for the work crews for
six weeks it would take to clear the
area. The city countered, offering unlimited coffee (black
) and a doughnut a day for each crew
. When that offer was rejected, the city asked
help on its website.
A sheepherder in Montana
a goatherder in San Bernardino read about the
’s plight while surfing the web on their laptops.
both offered to do the job for $25,000.
council chose the goatherder because he lived closer.
told that the city dump was overflowing, the
said, “No problem. My goats will eat everything
your dump. Except for the automobile engines, of
.” So, for another $5,000, the city killed two
with one stone. If all goes well, they
invite the goatherder and his “family” back every
years. The goatherder said he will probably visit
Diego while his goats are in the dump. “
want to take one of those hang-glider rides.
just hope we don’t crash. My goats would
me a lot,” he said.