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Gävle goat targeted in foiled helicopter heist

The Local/dl · 17 Dec 2010, 08:53

Published: 17 Dec 2010 08:53 GMT+01:00

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The two men offered the guard 50,000 kronor ($7,350) to look the other way, the local Arbetarbladet newspaper reports.

According to the guard, referred to only as Mats, the two men wanted to kidnap the goat using a helicopter and take it away to Stureplan in central Stockholm.

The recent kidnapping plot can be found among a number of incidents recorded by Mats and his colleagues charged with ensuring that the towering straw goat survives until Christmas.

The erecting of the Gävle goat, a tradition which dates back to 1966, takes place on the first Sunday of Advent in the town’s central square, Slottstorget.

And while building the goat, which has measured as high as 13 metres, has become one of the town’s most cherished Yuletide traditions, attempting to burn it down before Christmas is almost as popular.

Last year, the goat was torched in the early hours of December 23rd, while in 2008, it survived through Christmas, only to go up in flames on December 27th.

In order to protect the goat this year, the town hired a security firm to watch over Gävle’s holiday treasure. So far, the measure has succeeded in keeping the goat free of flames.

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“If the goat were to burn on my shift, I’d never be able to show my face in town again,” Mats told the newspaper.

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Your comments about this article

09:19 December 17, 2010 by JulieLou40
Two mysterious........what?

Here we go again.
09:28 December 17, 2010 by Pont-y-garreg
..which as measureed as high as..." and again!
10:17 December 17, 2010 by summer
hahahaha, very funny.
11:41 December 17, 2010 by ITkiwi
Two mysterious wolves
12:29 December 17, 2010 by byke
Someone hasnt had their coffee this morning .....
14:31 December 17, 2010 by Syftfel
This is nothing more than a publicity stund by the city of Gävle. The city council loves the attention, because it puts their town on the map. All this burning goat stuff is carefully coreographed so as to ensure that no one forgets Gävle. The goat will go up ion flames this week. Cute!
14:43 December 17, 2010 by Zoolander428
Jebus... even something as silly as a burning straw goat isn't safe from the conspiracy theorists here on The Local.

There's plenty of kids around here (yes, I live in Gävle) that are plotting against that stupid thing, the city doesn't need to plan or "coreograph" it's demise.
19:37 December 17, 2010 by Rolle
HeHe it's one of my favourite stories every year. Mixing the helicopter heist with the goat burning would have been pretty f***ng amazing!
21:50 December 17, 2010 by zooeden
that´s kinda cool actually!!!
23:47 December 17, 2010 by j joy
I love that goat! Merry Christmas!
00:00 December 18, 2010 by jackx123
hahaha there is no helicopter in sweden can lift the 3 ton dry weight of the goat and now you probably need to add another 1 ton for the moist.

very funny.........
11:47 December 18, 2010 by Ravioli
My favorite story of each year also. Can't wait til that goat is burned to the ground.
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