Goat rescued after being stuck on ledge under bridge in Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WDAF) – A goat in Missouri was rescued on Monday afternoon after getting stuck on a pillar under a bridge near the Kansas City Zoo.

The goat was discovered sitting perched on the ledge of the pillar.

A goat is stuck under a bridge near the Kansas City Zoo on Monday, April 8 (FOX4 Photo)A goat is stuck under a bridge near the Kansas City Zoo on Monday, April 8 (FOX4 Photo)A goat is stuck under a bridge near the Kansas City Zoo on Monday, April 8 (FOX4 Photo)A goat is stuck under a bridge near the Kansas City Zoo on Monday, April 8 (FOX4 Photo)A goat is stuck under a bridge near the Kansas City Zoo on Monday, April 8 (FOX4 Photo)

Jordan Keiser, a local resident, was out watching the eclipse when he stumbled upon the goat.

"There's the eclipse," he said in video shared with Nexstar's WDAF, pointing his camera at the sky. "I'm not looking, but you can see it."

Keiser then panned around, showing the underside of the bridge and pointing in the direction of the zoo's location beyond some trees. "The zoo is over there, so I don't know if that's an important detail," he said before panning upward, revealing a goat perched on the pillar.

"Any ideas? Anybody?" he asked. "Nobody? OK."

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In the video, the animal was sitting seemingly motionless, gazing out from the pillar ledge.

"It's just one of those days," Keiser said.

Officials with the Kansas City Zoo confirmed to WDAF that none of its animals were missing, as all of the facility's goats were accounted for.

The Kansas City Star later reported that the animal was a recently adopted mountain goat that had escaped.

(KC Pet Project)

Mountain goats are known to be good climbers.

"Mountain goats are very muscular animals with well-developed shoulder muscles to give it great climbing strength," the National Park Service stated on its website, describing the animal as a "cliff-hopping creature."

The Kansas City Star reported that the KC Pet Project, a nonprofit that operates an animal shelter, said a bystander who once worked as an animal control officer tied a rope around the stranded goat's neck to help rescue it, resulting in the goat being suspended in the air by the rope.

While hanging in mid-air, the goat went still at one point, then it started to buck, and rescuers cut the rope, the newspaper reported.

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KC Pet Project told WDAF the goat suffered no broken bones and that it was taken to its shelter after the rescue and appeared to be stable. The shelter said it was giving the goat fluids and had set him up to rest overnight. Authorities with the shelter were optimistic the goat would recover.

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