Boy trapped in tree by "Voldemort" the goat
Gessel, 14, was doing his paper route early Tuesday morning when the animal approached in the darkness. He thought it was a dog. 'Then it made a weird noise, kind of like a grunting noise,' he said. 'I'm like, 'What the heck is that?'
That sound was the huffing and puffing of Voldemort - an 18-month-old goat.
'He’s really happy and plays with the kids,' said owner Marissa Benson said. 'I’ve never had him chase my kids.'
Gessel said Voldemort charged and headbutted him, knocking him off his bike and then trampling him.
'It just freaked me out when it stood up on its hind legs and just wrapped its front legs around me and pulled me off,' he said.
Gessel took shelter in a tree but found himself trapped for an hour.
'It had like a collar on, so I grabbed it by the collar to keep it off the other people because I didn’t want anybody else getting hurt,' he said.
Every time he got down, Voldemort would chase him back up.
As Gessel should have returned from his paper route long ago, Gessel's parents called in a missing person's report and officer Brandon Muir was out looking for him.
As Muir canvassed the neighborhood, he got a call about a boy and a goat.
Muir said the goat was overly-friendly when he arrived at the scene, but not dangerous.
In the end, no one was hurt and Voldemort went back to patrolling his yard. Though Gessel has to endure some teasing.
'Everybody, they're all, 'Hey, goat boy!' I'm like, 'Hey, guys.'
'People are just like, 'Why are you scared of goats?'' he asked. 'I'm like that was a freaky goat. I think it's like possessed or something.'
Critical thinking challenge: Explain the sequence of events in this story, including the steps that led to Jason's rescue.
Define these words: encounter, possessed, canvassed
- Posted on November 17, 2012
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