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Amazon hires goats for Japanese office landscaping

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Amazon hires goats for Japanese office landscaping

Storified by CBC News Community· Thu, Jul 04 2013 12:36:05

Amazon's newest hires have four legs, are covered in hair and make excellent lawn mowers. The newly employed herd of goats will be responsible for chomping down on unruly grass outside the company's Japanese office once a week.
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Goat with employee ID? #sweg kotaku.com/goats-work-at-...Adwin
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This isn't the first time the creatures have been employed to tackle pesky weeds. For more than a decade, municipalities, towns, companies and even homeowners have employed goats to trim down lawns.

In 2009, Google hired about 200 goats to spend a week dining on the lawn and fertilizing the soil at its California headquarters.

"It costs us about the same as mowing, and goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers," Dan Hoffman, Google's director of real estate and workplace services, wrote in a blog post at the time.
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In 2012, the San Francisco International Airport hired about 250 goats for several weeks of landscaping work.
SFO puts goat herd to work... baycitizen.org/blogs/pulse-of...City Grazing
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Canadian and U.S. entrepreneurs have jumped on this green landscaping trend and started rent-a-goat companies. One of these companies, Green Goat Rental, boasts "over 30 combined years of chewing experience."

Another, offering residential and commercial services from goats and sheep, charges $325 US for a day's work from 25 goats. The Goat Lady also charges a $30 one-time goat delivery fee.

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To lazy to weed your garden? Buy a goat! :3 kotaku.com/goats-work-at-...Maavi
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Would you hire a bunch of goats to trim your lawn?

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