Christmas Goat Narrowly Escapes Immolation - VIDEO - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Christmas Goat Narrowly Escapes Immolation – VIDEO

Published November 10, 2016

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The often ill-fated Christmas Goat at the IKEA in Garðabær almost met an untimely end last night, but fortune smiled upon on it in the knick of time.

Nútíminn reports that CCTV recorded two individuals approaching the fence enclosure that protects the Christmas Goat from vandalism. As can be seen in the video, things did not go according to plan for the would-be arsonists.


(Video: Nútíminn)

As can be seen, the two only got as far as struggling to open the enclosure when whatever incendiary device they were intending to use to destroy the goat ignited instead in their hands. With that, the two ran away and have not been identified.

Many of our readers might be familiar with the continuing misadventures of the beast, which is made of straw fastened around a thin metal frame. Just as is often the case in its native Sweden, the Christmas goat in Iceland has been subjected to all kinds of hardship over the years.

In both 2010 and 2012, vandals set fire to the goat. In 2011 and 2013, unusually high winds tore down the goat, whose thin metal frame was unable to stand up against Iceland’s trademark gusts.

Last year, the goat set itself on fire, in a way – faulty wiring in the Christmas lights reportedly sparked an ignition of the straw, and its glorious destruction was captured on video:

How long the Christmas goat will last this year still remains to be seen.

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