Aussie court clears flower-eating goat of vandalism
A market goat peeks out from a pen at the Schuylkill County Fair at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds in Summit Station, Pa., on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Republican-Herald,Jacqueline Dormer)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, January 23, 2013 7:12AM EST
SYDNEY, Australia -- Gary the flower-eating goat's graze with Australian police has ended with his comedian owner getting the last laugh in court.
A Sydney judge court ruled Wednesday that neither the goat nor his owner could be found guilty of vandalism over an August incident when Gary decided to snack on a flowerbed outside a city museum.
Police at the time levelled a fine of 440 Australian dollars ($465) against owner Jim Dezarnaul, a comedian known as Jimbo Bazoobi.
But man and goat got their day in court, with Gary arriving resplendent in a colorful hat on Wednedsay. The brown-and-white goat didn't testify, but he had his own lawyer.
Owner Dezarnaul said the case serves as a lesson to overzealous authorities, "and that's 'Don't bite off more than you can chew."