Two dozen goats eat their way through NY park

(SOUNDBITE) (English) RIVERSIDE PARK CONSERVANCY PRESIDENT AND CEO, DAN GARODNICK, SAYING: ''Today we are happy to say that they are baaaaaaack.''

Location: Riverside Park, New York

These goats were let loose on this overgrown park

to munch on invasive weeds

so park authorities don't have to use harsh chemicals to remove them

(SOUNDBITE) (English) RIVERSIDE PARK CONSERVANCY PRESIDENT AND CEO, DAN GARODNICK, SAYING:

"They chowed down on Japanese knotweed, they noshed on porcelain berry, they snacked on multiflora rose, they easily traversed the hard to reach terrain behind me and gulped down poison ivy without even giving it a second thought. Since goats are naturally effective weed whackers, putting them to work in 'Goatham' is like treating them to an all-you-can-eat buffet. It's healthy for the goats and it's good for the environment. That's farm to table."

Buckles, Chalupa, Mallemar, Ms. Bo Peep and Skittles

will stay at the park until the end of August

The public will vote to crown one of them as the 'Greatest of All Time' (GOAT)

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SON OF LARRY CIHANEK, OWNER OF GREEN GOATS, JORDON MARTINS-CIHANECK, SAYING:

"On top of how cute they are, I guess, not only can they eat a lot of their body weight, but they'll actually neutralize the seeds so they won't get replanted next year. And you know they'll work longer days than the landscapers."

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