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But aren’t they supposed to be there? RSPCA launches rescue mission to save mountain goats

But…. aren’t they SUPPOSED to be there? RSPCA launches rescue mission to save mountain goats….stranded up a mountain

  • A group of 19 Llandudno goats are stranded in an area known as Austin’s Rock
  • Coastguard claimed the animals were ‘safe’ and ‘just exploring’ yesterday
  • Today the RSPCA said a plan was in place to create a path out of hay bales 


A path has been built using 50 hay bales to rescue a herd of mountain goats trapped on a rocky Welsh outcrop, the RSCPA has revealed.

The group of 19 Llandudno goats have been in an area known as Austin’s Rock for at least four days, Conwy Borough Council claimed.

Yesterday, the Coastguard said the animals were ‘safe’ and ‘just exploring a new part of the Great Orme’.

But the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) today said there was a plan in place to create a ‘path’ for the goats to use to get back to more secure land.

Conwy Borough Council forked out £250 for the bales from a local farmer to help the animals – despite goats usually having prowess over extreme mountain passages. 

An RSPCA spokeswoman added that the animals are usually ‘sure footed’ but were currently in an area they ‘wouldn’t normally go’ – with some of the goats struggling to get from a lower ledge back up to dry land.  

The group of 19 Llandudno goats have been stranded in an area known as Austin’s Rock for at least four days

Yesterday, the Coastguard said the animals were 'safe' and 'just exploring a new part of the Great Orme'.

Yesterday, the Coastguard said the animals were ‘safe’ and ‘just exploring a new part of the Great Orme’.

The Coastguard has asked people to stay away from the animals amid reports some were putting themselves in danger to take photographs.

A spokesman said: ‘We urge you not to place yourselves in danger to view the goats and to stay on Marine Drive where it is safe and a great vantage point to see the goats.’ 

The Coastguard has asked people to stay away from the animals amid reports some were putting themselves in danger to take photographs

The Coastguard has asked people to stay away from the animals amid reports some were putting themselves in danger to take photographs

Why are there Kashmiri goats in Wales? 

The history of the Kashmiri goats – whose ancestors once roamed the mountains of Northern India – in Llandudno dates back to the 19th Century. 

Queen Victoria was gifted a pair of Kashmiri goats by the Shah of Persia in 1837 and went on to give a pair to the then Lord Mostyn in the late 1800s. 

He kept them at Gloddaeth Hall until they were moved to the Great Orme where they have roamed ever since, with the herd swelling to around 130 goats today.

They became world famous during the 2020 lockdown when they were pictured in publications world-wide for roaming through the streets of a ghostly Llandudno. 

Those worried about the animals took to social media to share their concerns. 

One woman commented: ‘Just as well there’s no gales, be washed off.’

Another said: ‘The tide has been in and out six times to date they are stuck.’

A man said: ‘Wow never seen the goats going for a paddle.’

The history of the Kashmiri goats in Llandudno dates back to the 19th Century. 

Queen Victoria was gifted a pair of Kashmiri goats by the Shah of Persia in 1837 and went on to give a pair to the then Lord Mostyn in the late 1800s. 

He kept them at Gloddaeth Hall until they were moved to the Great Orme where they have roamed ever since, with the herd swelling to around 130 goats today.

They became world famous during the 2020 lockdown when they were pictured in publications world-wide for roaming through the streets of a ghostly Llandudno.

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said: ‘We are aware of a small herd of around 15 male and female goats who are using two ledges on the Great Orme headland.

‘Working with wardens, we are planning to put down hay bales over the coming days to try and create a “path” for them to use, which will enable them to get safely off the ledges themselves. We will be keeping an eye on the situation.’  

MailOnline has contacted Conwy Borough Council for comment.  

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