Llandudno Makes the News with Great Orme Goats Coming down from the Hill on Which They Usually Live to Invade the Nearby Streets.
The Great Orme Goats are one of Llandudno’s icons, they are a well-known sight in Llandudno, making their home on Llandudno’s Great Orme.
The goats originally come from the royal herd, themselves descended from a pair which were a gift from the shah of Persia. The Great Orme Goats are considered wild animals and have a herd of 60 strong.
While they usually stick to their grassy home which serves as the perfect environment for them, they can be found standing on extremely narrow ledges where they climb the limestone cliffs with great agility.
A select few of these billy goats have achieved international fame as the mascots of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. The Fusiliers have kept a goat as a mascot as far back as 1777, these include Shenkin, Taffy and William Windsor.
The goats are a wonderful sight when going for a trip up the Great Orme via foot, tram or car as are the popular methods of transport up the limestone headland that Llandudno is so famous for. There is even a statue of a Great Orme Kashmiri goat at the Great Orme’s summit complex.
The Kashmiri Goats have developed a fantastic adaptability when it comes to survival, and are able to scamper up steep rock faces and imposing boulders in order to get a taste of some tasty greenery. They take their name from the Indian Himalayan region of Kashmir, a very mountainous region.
Don’t worry! The goats very rarely decide to come into the streets of Llandudno, much preferring their mountainous, grassy home so you’re not going to run into one while nipping to marks and spencer or grabbing a tasty bite to eat at a deli or pastry shop.
Just another amazing thing to experience while staying at the St Tudno Hotel in Llandudno.