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Goats Sought for Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: September 16, 2012 Last Updated: September 18, 2012
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A goat looks out as it grazes on plants growing in Cheddar Gorge on March 22, in Cheddar, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

A goat looks out as it grazes on plants growing in Cheddar Gorge on March 22, in Cheddar, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Officials with the Chicago Department of Aviation are looking for goats or sheep to graze the grassy landscapes of O’Hare International Airport.

The agency is also looking for a herder, who can guide the few dozen animals to trim the grass at one of the nation’s busiest airports, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.

Parts of the airport have become overgrown with grass, weeds, and other vegetation and must be trimmed back.

“Sheep, goats—it could be any grazing animal. We don’t discriminate,” Amy Malick, an official with the Aviation Department, told the newspaper.

Malick told Fox Chicago that goats are preferable to landscaping lawnmowers because of the heavy vegetation and steep slopes.

“And those machines also emit pollution,” she told the network. “They’re burning fossil fuel. So as a sustainability initiative we’re looking to bring in animals that do not have emissions associated with them, at least to the same extent that heavy machinery would.”

 

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