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  • 21 April 2010, 8:31

Angry goat invades nursing home

Three people were taken to hospital after an angry goat invaded a nursing home in Australia.

The animal's rampage at the On Luck Chinese nursing home in Melbourne ended only when it was caught by police.

The seven-year-old goat, named Billy, wandered into the grounds of the nursing home after escaping its enclosure at a nearby home.

The animal became agitated when a gardener tried to shoo it away, butting the gardener before attacking a second man, in his seventies, who rushed over to help.

Both of the men suffered suspected spinal injuries during the incident and the gardener, aged 60, was also left with cuts to his head and elbow.

A woman who had witnessed the furore injured her ankle as she ran for help.

PC Diane Davidson told the Manningham Leader that she and her partner had pulled the "big goat" off one of the men, who was "conscious and breathing the whole time".

Police called to the scene were able to subdue the animal until its owner arrived with rope to tether it.

Peter Balassone, who lives next door to the goat's owners, said he was surprised to hear of the drama.

"The goats have been fine, believe it or not. Not a problem at all," he told the Melbourne Herald Sun newspaper.