Several news outlets, including the BBC, reported recently that a herd of 500 goats helped save the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Ventura County, CA, from fire.
"In May, the library hired the goats to clear flammable scrub surrounding the complex as a preventative measure. The goats ate the brush, creating a fire break that slowed the flames and gave firefighters extra time to react."
The library "was threatened by the Easy Fire, the latest in a spate of fires causing evacuations and power cuts across the state. The caprine contractors included Vincent van Goat, Selena Goatmez and Goatzart. They helped save exhibits including an Air Force One jet and a piece of the Berlin Wall."
An article in the library's Credo Reference database from 2003 explains that "hot, very low humidity winds, racing across dehydrated vegetation in California provide the perfect weather conditions for wildfires." Over the past few years, California residents have increasingly struggled with the devastating impacts of these fires.
Did you know that along with eating scrubland to save libraries, goats were significant in different ways to various ancient cultures? Take a look at Goat, an article from a Dictionary of Literary Symbols.