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Goats Help Clean Up UGA Campus

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File photo of a goat. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

File photo of a goat. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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ATHENS, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – A small herd of goats has been doing its part to help beautify the University of Georgia’s campus.

Less than one month ago, eight goats were brought in as part of a landscape architecture experiment, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The hypothesis? The goats would eat away at undesirable vegetation and overgrown patches of green, negating the need for exhaustive human labor on similar projects.

So far, the experiment has reportedly been a big success.

“It was an impenetrable wall of vegetation,” student Zach Richardson, a senior landscape architecture major at UGA, said to the Journal-Constitution about the area of focus near Tanyard Creek. “They’ve taken it from a jungle to … a park land.”

In addition to their hard work, the goats have also brought a note of fun to the campus, with students stopping by to watch them in action.

They will also be featured at campus events such as KidFest, where area children are invited to come play with the animals.

The project was not organized as part of a class – Richardson simply felt the use of goats in landscaping would be more eco-friendly.

“It’s so much more entertaining to watch goats eat than listen to bulldozers,” Richardson added to the paper. “I’m pretty confident that goats are the way to go now.”

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