Six Goats to Join Portland Aerial Tram Staff This Weekend
Portland, Ore. – June 23, 2011
Lower Station Lawn Will Forgo Gas Powered Mow for Dairy Creek Goats
This coming weekend, the Portland Aerial Tram will introduce its new temporary landscape maintenance crew: a team of six Angora, Boer and Alpine goats named Mo, Ella, Brunhilda, Olivia, Cecelia and Clarence. Beginning this Saturday, June 25 and continuing through Sunday, June 26, the goats, supplied by Dairy Creek Goats in North Plains, will be “mowing” the Lower Station lawn, providing a fun and environmentally responsible way to maintain the grounds.
“With summer finally here, the Lower Station lawn is ready for its first trim of the season,” said Brett Dodson, Tram manager for OHSU. “Goats are not only an environmentally friendly way to keep up the grounds, but also a fun one, especially for families with young children.”
Summer months are a high-traffic season for the Portland Aerial Tram, part of the City’s public transportation system, with ridership typically increasing significantly over winter months. “Take in the views at the top, and grab some soft serve Dreyers or other food items in the Marquam Café on the third floor of the Kohler Pavillion,” continued Dodson. “The goats are an added incentive to make the trip, but please do not disturb them; they have important work to do.”
The Portland Aerial Tram is open Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM year-round, and Sundays from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM until September 18. It is located at 3303 Southwest Bond Avenue.
A member of the Bovidae family and a close relative to sheep, goats are one of the oldest domesticated species and include more than 300 distinct breeds. They are famous the world over for their indiscriminate diets, predilection for head-butts, and, in Norse folklore, volatile relations with trolls dwelling beneath bridges. Goats are also quite crafty, known for their artisanal cheeses, wool sweaters, as well as the hair that naturally grows on their chinny-chinchins.
Contrary to popular belief, not all goats are named “Billy”; just most of them.