Goats Rescued from PA Bridge Beam


Two goats decided to make themselves at home on a beam running along the bottom of the Mahoning River Bridge in New Castle, Pennsylvania, resulting in a rescue mission led by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said that the goats had escaped from a local farm and sought shelter from the rain on the 8-inch ledge of a bridge beam.

Stuck in a Baaaad Spot

While the bridge afforded some protection from the weather, the goats found themselves stuck between the bridge and a 50-foot fall, noted TribLIVE.

The four-legged adventurers were initially spotted by the Pennsylvania State Police. Employees from the Turnpike Commission and PennDOT used a snooper truck, customarily used for bridge inspections, to reach down over the side of the bridge to get to the goats. Both animals were rescued and returned safely to their home.

Goats and Bridges

According to the Mother Nature Network, goats are capable of climbing trees to stand on small branches that look like they can barely hold their weight. Goats have two-toed hooves that can spread out for more secure footing. Two vestigial toes higher up their legs, known as dewclaws, can be used as leverage to climb. Paired with an innate sense of balance, it’s not hard to imagine how the adventurers found themselves on the bridge.

The Mahoning River Bridge, as reported by Bridge Reports, is a set of dual steel stringer spans built in 1992, with a total length of 1,710 feet. It carries I-376, the Beaver Valley Expressway, over the Mahoning River, a set of railroad tracks and River Road.


Tagged categories: Bridges; Department of Transportation (DOT); Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management

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