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Goat Does a Snow Job on School System

January 08, 1988|Associated Press

SNOW CAMP, N. C. — Lulu the goat trotted into her barn a few hours before dawn Thursday--and Burlington City Schools Supt. Joe Sinclair knew he would have to close the schools.

The goat, famed throughout North Carolina for remarkable accuracy in predicting snow, was on target again Thursday.

In normal weather, Lulu's turf is the porch of a home in southern Alamance County. But, when there is a hint of snow in the air, she makes for the barn.

Seven times last winter Lulu accurately prognosticated snowfall by trotting into the barn. At 4 a.m. Thursday, Lulu's owner called Sinclair to say Lulu was again in the barn.

"The word I got, based on that prediction, is that snow was forthcoming. And by 6:30, snow did arrive," Sinclair said. He called off school for the day.

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