Goats that took over Welsh town are now shopping at Primark

Goats that took over Welsh town are now shopping at Primark
The mountain goats went for a trip to a deserted Primark (Picture: Will Roberts/Wales News Service)

They’ve been spotted queueing up outside the barbers and invading hotels, but these famous mountain goats are clearly in need of some retail therapy.

Will Roberts came across at least 15 of the curious goats outside Primark in Llandudno on Wednesday.

Unfortunately for them, the Government’s closure of non-essential shops during lockdown means they will have to wait several weeks before they reopen.

Will said: ‘I was cycling to work at 8am expecting to pass through an empty Parc Llandudno when I noticed the goats heading straight for Primark.

Goats that took over Welsh town are now shopping at Primark
There were at least 15 goats in the Primark car park (Picture: Will Roberts/Wales News Service)
LLANDUDNO, WALES - MARCH 31: Mountain goats roam the streets of LLandudno on March 31, 2020 in Llandudno, Wales. The goats normally live on the rocky Great Orme but are occasional visitors to the seaside town, but a local councillor told the BBC that the herd was drawn this time by the lack of people and tourists due to the COVID-19 outbreak and quarantine measures. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
The mountain goats have some very impressive lockdown hairdos (Picture: Getty Images)

‘It made me laugh so I stopped to take some photos. I think I counted 15 in total.

‘I thought I was getting accustomed to seeing them about but they keep managing to pop up in new and more surreal places.’

In the spring lockdown last year, the goats – who live on the Great Orme headland by the Welsh seaside town – achieved global notoriety for invading the traffic-free streets.

And when Wales went into lockdown again, they became even more adventurous, with one even ‘checking in’ to a hotel.

Handout photo dated 28/03/20 taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @AndrewStuart of the goats which have taken over the deserted streets of Llandudno, north Wales, where the residents are in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday March 31, 2020. See PA story SOCIAL Goats. Photo credit should read: Andrew Stuart/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The goats make light work of Llandudno’s hedges and stone walls (Picture: PA)
A herd of goats take advantage of quiet streets in Llandudno, north Wales. PA Photo. A gang of goats has been spotted strolling around the deserted streets of the seaside town during the nationwide lockdown. Picture date: Monday December 9, 2019. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus Goats. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Not even the police can stop them (Picture: PA)
A herd of goats take advantage of quiet streets in Llandudno, north Wales. PA Photo. A gang of goats has been spotted strolling around the deserted streets of the seaside town during the nationwide lockdown. Picture date: Monday December 9, 2019. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus Goats. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Just chillin’ (Picture: PA)
A herd of goats take advantage of quiet streets in Llandudno, north Wales. PA Photo. A gang of goats has been spotted strolling around the deserted streets of the seaside town during the nationwide lockdown. Picture date: Monday December 9, 2019. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus Goats. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
The goats eye up some cars in the quiet streets of Llandudno (Picture: PA)
A herd of goats take advantage of quiet streets in Llandudno, north Wales. PA Photo. A gang of goats has been spotted strolling around the deserted streets of the seaside town during the nationwide lockdown. Picture date: Monday December 9, 2019. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus Goats. Photo credit should read: Pete Byrne/PA Wire
It’s the goats’ town now (Picture: PA)

Before the pandemic, the 120-strong army of goats were more commonly spotted munching on the grasslands of the Great Orme.

But they are now regular visitors who seem to enjoy having free roam of the deserted streets, climbing walls, eating plants and hedges, and generally causing mischief.

They are descended from Kashmir mountain goats and were given to Llandudno as a gift from Queen Victoria.

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