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Pygmy goats outing in Denver park

David Heitz
Photo byMaria Ivanova/Unsplash

It's not every day that you see a family walking two dogs with beards in the park.

Upon closer inspection, I could see the critters at Martin Luther King Jr. Park Wednesday were miniature pygmy goats, not dogs with beards. They appeared to be about the size of a portly dog, short and stocky.

If you’re wondering whether it’s legal to own pygmy goats in Denver, it is. Under Denver's municipal code, residents with a $25 special permit can keep up to two goats.

If you want goats as pets in Denver, you will need to build them an enclosure safe from dogs with at least little bit of yard to graze. Pygmy goat breeders operate throughout Colorado.

Pygmy goat popularity on the rise

According to a story on Confluence Denver, the popularity of pygmy goats has risen for several years. The site featured a story about a woman and her boyfriend who adopted a pygmy goat.

The couple named the goat Qbert and enjoyed his company very much. The couple explained how they first bought just one goat. The goat kept following the dogs into the house and cuddling up with them. Eventually, Qbert started pooping inside, the couple said. This inspired the couple to get another goat so they could stay outside together.

"My boyfriend says if he'd known goats were this cute and fun, he would have gotten them instead of dogs," Heather Jimenez told Confluence. "The goats will run up to you and stop short right at your feet, whereas a dog will run up to you and jump on you. And then they follow you around the yard, trot around right behind you. They're really loving. They really are."

The goats at Martin Luther King Jr. Park attracted a crowd earlier this week. People with dogs and children all enjoyed watching the animals, which are a bit funny with their ZZ Top beards and voracious appetites.

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