x
Breaking News
More () »

Goats march through Elk Grove to clean up railroads

Video of a controlled goat stampede through Elk Grove is getting a lot of attention on Twitter.
<p>"So this happened in Elk Grove today" says Twitter user @casstherapper, who captured the viral video. (Aug. 25, 2016)</p>

Video of a controlled goat stampede through Elk Grove is getting a lot of attention on Twitter.

The video tweeted Thursday was taken at around 12:15 p.m. on Bond Road. It's already been retweeted and favorited thousands of times:

ABC10 reached out to the City of Elk Grove to find out why exactly the goats were marching along the railroad track. The city told us Union Pacific was doing some weed removal in the area.

Justin Jacobs of Union Pacific said the company partnered with a local goat farmer to reduce the vegetation along the railroad tracks. Jacobs said using goats is a more sustainable alternative to mowing the growth, which might also spark a fire.

Jacobs said the crossing arms were activated for the safety of the goats. Temporary fencing was also used to keep the goats near the tracks. The program will wrap up on September 1.