Monday, November 28, 2016

The Giant Swedish Christmas Goat Has Been Set Ablaze Again

Via Business Insider:

A small Yule Goat made of straw is common in Swedish homes, and the Gävle Goat is a giant version of it, that is placed at Slottstorget in Gävle every Christmas since 1966.

Unfortunately, the Gävle Goat has become a popular target of arsonists. Since its first appearance in 1966, the goat has been burned to the ground or vandalized more often than not. Last year it burnt down on the 27th of December.

This year, celebrating its 50th anniversary, the goat didn't even survive for 24 hours. Just a couple of hours after the inauguration the Goat was on fire.

The event was caught on camera. A witness tells the Swedish news paper Expressen that he saw a man jumping over the fence, pouring a liquid over one of the Goat's legs and then setting it on fire. No arrests have been made.

The goat will not be rebuilt this year.

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