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Gävle Goat Burned Again


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Tags: animals, art-and-design, history.

Gavle Goat, 2009

My pyromaniacal readers will no doubt be thrilled to hear that the Gävle goat has once again been reduced to cinders.

Gavle city spokeswoman Anna Ostman said someone set fire to the 43-foot-high (13-meter-high) creature around 3 a.m. local time. Only a charred wooden skeleton of the traditional Swedish Christmas symbol remained on Wednesday morning.

“It feels very sad,” Ostman said. “We had really hoped that he would survive Christmas and New Year’s.”

Vandals have burned down the goat 24 times since it was first set up in Gavle in 1966 to mark the holiday season. It has also been smashed several times, run over by a car and had its legs cut off.

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