Dwarf billy goat busts out Clydesdale best friend from horse pen

CC BY 2.0 A Clydesdale like Buddy / Bonnie U. Gruenberg

The fugitive horse was on the lam in California for 5 days before being hauled back in.

To anyone who has ever dreamed of freeing an animal from an enclosure, may you find inspiration in the dashing derring-do of a Nigerian dwarf billy goat who goes by the name of Lancelot.

The great escape happened in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, reports the Santa Cruz Sentinel, when Lancelot rammed open the gate to the pen where his best friend, “Buddy” the Clydesdale, lived. With the pen wide open, another Clydesdale, Harry, joined in on the escapades as well, according to owner Tamara Schmitz.

“Last Wednesday I closed the gate to the horse pen with Lancelot still inside. He’s figured out that if I don’t lock the gate he can ram it open if he butts it a few times. So that’s what happened,” said Schmitz.

After a day on the lam, Harry got thirsty and came out of hiding and was taken back in the pen. But Buddy? Buddy stayed out of sight … for another five days.

“Buddy’s very elusive. He’s not like other horses. He’s not attracted by meadows and other horses. He can stay hidden,” Schmitz said.

Covering a three-mile range, Buddy remained undetected – which is no easy feat for a 1,900-pound horse.

“One of the neighbors heard him snorting across the ravine one night. The next night someone saw him at Redwood Lodge. But by the time we would arrive, we would only find his tracks,” said Schmitz.

Volunteers came out in droves, search parties were arranged, but no Buddy. Schmitz even brought Harry and Lancelot out to see if the promise of his friends would bring him out, all no avail. But then Buddy was spotted.

“Two members of the posse caught sight of him while riding by on horseback. He was hiding in some Manzanita about a mile from the house,” Schmitz said. “When we got him back in the pen, he was particularly frisky and playful and happy,” Schmitz said. “I think he was glad to be back.” Until the next time the mischievous "escapegoat" hatches a new plan, at least.

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