Goats have made it through Christmas for the past four years: the last time the decoration burned was in 2016. Since then, the goats have been guarded with fences, cameras, and 24/7 surveillance.
But today something went wrong again: the hay-goat caught fire, leaving only the metal frame:
A 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson. He denies having anything to do with the burning goats, but police say he had soot on his hands when he was arrested.
Gävlebocken is an initiative of the municipality to attract visitors. The goat is an ancient Scandinavian Christmas symbol that was used to give gifts before the advent of Santa Claus.
The straw goat is 13 meters high and weighs three tons. Since 1966, goats are laid annually in the center of the yacht. Since then, it has been customary to try to destroy goats by setting them on fire, destroying them or hitting them with a car.
The Christmas symbol was rebuilt several times, only to catch fire again. The initiators of the goat Twitter page said that the goats will be rebuilt again this year.
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