Goats on the roof? Georgia man hopes his 'aliens' will stick around after eclipse

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Clayton, Ga. (WXIA) -- Tens of thousands of people are expected to get in their cars over the weekend with solar glasses in hand. They'll be driving to Rabun County in North Georgia for the total solar eclipse.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to get in their cars over the weekend with solar glasses in hand. The owner of Goats on the Roof, however, failed to mention the goats, well, on the roof. Courtesy: WXIA / NBC News Channel

But along the way is a business almost as hard to miss as the eclipse itself. Just outside the small town of Clayton, the roadside attraction serves up a little bit of something for everyone.

"We've got homemade fudge, homemade baked goods, a great menu and a novelty store," Russ Phillips said.

The owner of Goats on the Roof, however, failed to mention the goats, well, on the roof.

"Our goats are odd," he said. "They're alien goats because we can't figure how they got on the roof."

According to the legend of the goats on the roof, they appeared in 2007 and have been clinging to the shingles there ever since.

"They can walk from the fenced in area to the roof," Phillips said. "They've got the bridge; they can walk over to that roof over on the building - they roam freely."

The Global Office of Astronomical Technology (GOAT) - which WXIA could find no record of - supposedly predicts these four-legged aliens are waiting for a total solar eclipse. That's when, according to lore, their mothership should swoop down to carry them home. Phillips said the ship is predicted to come during an eclipse in 3014.

"But we are having a total solar eclipse this year," he said. "So we are a little worried if they're going to be going home or not."

So in case the math is wrong, Phillips said he will be keeping a close eye on his goats.

"I've heard that animals do act strange during eclipses," Phillips said.

But he hopes they will be smart enough to realize they have pretty good as a roadside attraction right there on the roof.

"We are hoping that this is just a fool - that they're going to be fooled," he said. "That they're going to stay here and if that legendary ship comes in to pick them up that they're going to realize this isn't the eclipse that they're waiting on - that the ship is going to pass over."

"We hope. So we will keep our eyes on the goats and make sure they don't do anything crazy," he added.



 
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