Swedish 'goat' defies arsonists
The 2006 goat was flameproofed
A Swedish straw goat frequently attacked by vandals over the Christmas period has been taken down - unharmed - at the end of festivities.
The giant 13m (43ft) goat in the city of Gavle was dismantled after surviving Christmas for only the 11th time.
Goats of Christmas past have been burned down on 22 occasions, ram-raided or simply smashed to pieces.
Authorities said the goat's longevity in 2006 was down to a special flame-resistant chemical coating.
"If the Gavle goat hadn't been impregnated with flame-resistant chemicals, we would have been left with a black skeleton," said Anna Oestman, a member of the city's goat committee.
In 2005, arsonists dressed as Santa Claus and the Gingerbread Man burned the goat to the ground.
HOW COULD THEY LIGHT A GIANT STRAW XMAS GOAT ON FIRE WITHOUT MAKING LOVE TO IT FIRST!!!!!!!! IM OUTRAGED!!