Goat elected mayor of US town soils carpet at swearing-in ceremony
Lincoln the Nubian goat won a hard-fought campaign against 15 other pets, including a gerbil called Crystal.
The US town of Fair Haven, Vermont, has elected a three-year-old goat as its honorary mayor.
Lincoln the Nubian goat was sworn into office on Tuesday after a close-run campaign against 15 other pets, including a gerbil named Crystal, nominated by the town’s children.
Town clerk Suzanne Dechame and the select board were present to deliver the oath of office.
Fair Haven, a town of about 2,500 people, does not have an actual mayor.
Town manager Joseph Gunter says the honorary pet mayor idea was conceived as a fundraiser for a playground, but it turned into a civics lesson for children.
On the way out of the offices, the honorary mayor defecated on the floor — leaving the police chief and others to clean up the mess.
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