We’re not kidding (heh): Two goats got loose on the subway on Monday, roaming free in Brooklyn along the N line and very briefly causing delays on the D and N lines.
“A new one for us (we think),” reads an update by the NYCTSubway Twitter account. “Two goats are roaming along the N line tracks in Brooklyn. They’re safe and not currently affecting service, but they are on the run. We’ll keep you posted.”
How the goats got there, or where they came from, is still a mystery. (The New York Times notes that there are slaughterhouses in the area, and it’s not the first time animals have escaped that fate.) As of 1:10 p.m., the goats had been cleared from the tracks and subway service was back to normal.
The MTA may have called them “very baaaaad boys,” but they looked pretty adorable to us.
Two very baaaaad boys. pic.twitter.com/3fcb9QCxGh— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) August 20, 2018
The story does have a happy ending: Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey, picked up the goats in Brooklyn and brought them to Farm Sanctuary, a shelter in Watkins Glen, New York. “[T]hey will receive medical examinations and the world-class, individualized care,” a spokesperson for the shelter told the Times in a statement.
Update: Jon Stewart, the herder? The former host of the @TheDailyShow, seen on the left, helped get 2 goats to an animal shelter upstate Monday. The goats traveled along the N line tracks in #Brooklyn in the afternoon. It's not clear how they got there. Video: Farm Sanctuary. pic.twitter.com/iUur2H8a6g— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) August 21, 2018
The goat adventure also served as a reminder of another time adorable animals got loose on the subway: In 2013, a pair of kittens were rescued from the subway tracks along the B and Q lines at Church Avenue in Brooklyn, and were eventually successfully rescued and rehomed.
"Meme the Goats" campaign working out better for MTA than @joelhota's classic "Die Kitties Die" policy. https://t.co/HuLb8deDDU https://t.co/fVkRNPhxIw— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) August 20, 2018
Unsurprisingly, Twitter came through with plenty of goat jokes:
Andrew Cuomo sent in his team to fix the subway pic.twitter.com/44ckoLOq50— Shane (@shaneferro) August 20, 2018
the audacity of the MTA to judge these two perfectly pleasant lads taking a morning stroll https://t.co/6iw5ic6tIG— rae paoletta (@PAYOLETTER) August 20, 2018
BREAKING: Wayward Goats Faster Than N Train pic.twitter.com/xXUJBp4q2S— Justin Brannan (@JustinBrannan) August 20, 2018
Pizza rat. Subway goat. New York is the greatest city in the world. https://t.co/4phVbPzPcd— Laarni Ragaza (@LaarniRagaza) August 20, 2018
this feels like a viral story plant to make us forget about the system-wide deterioration of the subway. DO NOT LET THEM DISTRACT YOU WITH GOATS https://t.co/8c6hyEewr8— alyssa bereznak (@alyssabereznak) August 20, 2018