Mexico Goat Sells For $2,500

9 years 10 months 12 hours ago Friday, September 10 2010 Sep 10, 2010 Friday, September 10, 2010 11:14:05 AM CDT September 10, 2010 in News
AUDRAIN COUNTY - The infamous Mexico goat hit the auction block on Thursday and sold for $2,500 to Charles Heller of New Florence. Heller's group, The Muddy Rednecks Mud Run, helped the "Free Billy" campaign to keep the goat in Mexico. The goat, nicknamed Billy Goat Gruff, will live at Bobette Wilson's farm just outside the city.

The goat was loose in Mexico for over a week and gained fame after he continuously escaped Mexico's Animal Control. Billy is just as popular online. His Facebook page, "The Mexico Goat", has 11,990 friends.

Goat supporters started the Free Billy Fund just 24 hours before Thursday's auction, and it even gained international interest. Supporter Nikki Leach said, "Not just Mexico community, but throughout the state, throughout the country. Actually throughout the world because he's got fans from Malaysia, Poland, and New Zealand. We got a donation from New Zealand yesterday."

The money from the auction sale will go to the Mexico Animal Shelter.

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