With help from goat, wily Clydesdale goes on lam for 5 days

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — A dwarf billy goat gave new meaning to the word “scapegoat” when he busted out a Clydesdale that went on the lam in California for several days.

Owner Tamara Schmitz tells the Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper that the nearly 1-ton horse named Budweiser, who goes by “Buddy,” was safely back in his pen Sunday in the Santa Cruz Mountains on the Central Coast.

The goat named Lancelot knows how to butt open the stable gate, and did just that Wednesday.

Buddy eluded volunteers from around the Santa Cruz area for five days, ranging across about 3 miles. The owners even trotted out Lancelot to try to lure back Buddy, but he didn’t fall for it.

A pair of searchers on horseback finally found him Sunday hiding amid manzanita shrubs.