A goat roaming the streets of a town in Co Mayo has been nicknamed “Houdini” thanks to its ability to evade capture.
Harry Houdini was an illusionist and stunt performer, famed for his escape acts in the early 20th century.
The Western People reports that the animal has been loose in the town of Kiltimagh for some time, with no one coming forward to claim ownership.
It was most recently spotted on a laneway close to SuperValu on Sunday morning, but managed to escape the clutches of locals.
Volunteers from animal charity Mayo SPCA then travelled to Kiltimagh on Sunday afternoon following the sighting, but the animal was nowhere to be found.
A spokesperson for Mayo SPCA confirmed the goat had previously been caught and put into a field but “got out”.
It is understood the animal was last seen following walkers up the mountain outside the town.
Arrangements have been put in place with Furry Friends in Charlestown, which has a licence to house farm animals, to look after the goat, the spokesperson added.
“If people find the goat and are afraid they will be left with it that will not be the case. We have everything in place when it is caught.”
Anyone who sees the goat is asked to contact Mayo SPCA.