Gävle goat's little brother torched
TT/The Local · 19 Dec 2008, 12:05
Published: 19 Dec 2008 12:05 GMT+01:00
Fire officers were called to the straw goat in the town's main square at half past midnight on Thursday night.
"It is true that the goat has burned. The fire brigade attended and hosed it down," said Dan Andersson of Umeå police.
Pyromaniacs in Lycksele "appear to be taking over the Gävle tradition," said Andersson, who expressed disappointment that the ornament had been destroyed.
"It wasn't enormous, but it's a shame it couldn't be allowed to survive," he said.
The goat's association with the yuletide season is believed to derive from pagan Scandinavian religion. In the 18th century the Christmas goat fulfilled a role similar to that of Santa Claus. These days, straw goats are used by many as seasonal decorations.
People keen to see whether the Gävle goat makes it to Christmas can now follow its fate via webcam.