Every summer, Berkley lab hires a local company, “Goats R Us,” to release dozens of goats around the hillside terrain of their 202-acre property so they can use their grazing skills and cut back the grass in an attempt to reduce bush fires.
“We utilize goats at the lab in order to keep our grasses short and reduce fire hazards. In this video the goats are being herded (wait for dog at end) to the tree laden hill just below our Blackberry Gate,” Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory wrote in their Facebook post of the “Goats Gone Wild” video.
The clip shows an avalanche of stampeding goats making their way down a hill towards a new grazing area — from multi-colored goats, baby goats, and fat goats to white ones, brown ones, big ones, and a few random sheep.
The video was shot last week – and since it was posted to Berkley’s Facebook page on Friday, it’s gone viral and garnered over one million views and more than 25,000 shares.
When released, these natural lawn mowers will eat about 10 pounds of vegetation per day, which in the end leaves less dry grass to burn.
[Image via Berkeley Lab/Facebook]