Wednesday, February 8

The goat of Cáceres | Today

There are lucky animals like the Beja bull and unlucky animals like the Cáceres goat. The bull from the Alentejo city of Beja sacrificed himself for his ‘fellow citizens’. It turns out that in the surroundings of the capital of this Alentejo district lived, slithered and terrified a giant snake that had the Bejenses out of their minds. To kill the bug, they could not think of anything else but to look for a chubby and appetizing calf for the snake, inject it with deadly poison and release it where it hid, moved and frightened the reptile.

As soon as the snake saw the chotino, it lunged for it and ate it. As a result of the banquet, the snake was poisoned and the calf became a symbol of the city to the point that a castle and a choto, or rather a bull, appear on Beja’s coat of arms.

The coat of arms of Cáceres is similar to that of Beja, but changing the bull for a lion. The king of the jungle is there because it is the symbol of the kingdom of León, but the truth is that neither the name of the kingdom of León has anything to do with the beast, but with the Roman Legio VII Gemina, nor does it make sense in the shield of Cáceres, since no feline is known to have sacrificed itself to save the city.

If we were fair and took the example of Beja, the shield of Cáceres should have a goat and not a lion. And not just any goat, but a poor goat who suffered for the city. The story is more or less recent. It happened in the summer of 1928 because it was on that date that the city suffered the same shock that the region is suffering today when the news broke that the wolf had returned to Extremadura. In the case at hand, the wolf had been seen in the Montaña de Cáceres, a stone’s throw from the town center and the sanctuary of the patron saint.

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The local newspaper Nuevo Día reported that parties of hunters were climbing the Mountain in order to hunt for a pack of wolves that was terrorizing the citizens and the farmers and ranchers on the slopes of the sacred mountain and nearby Ribera. of the frame. The most truculent part of the case, and here comes the vindictive part of the matter, is that, just as the Bejenses sacrificed a bull to save themselves and then gave it heraldic value, the Cacereños tried to sacrifice a goat to put an end to the beasts that intimidated them. . The hunters climbed the mountain with the goat, tied it to a tree, hid and waited for the bleating of the poor animal to attract the wolf.

The truth is that the wolves did not take the goat hook or, perhaps, it was all an alarmist assumption. But the poor goat was exposed for days to the teeth of the imaginary beast and just because of the stress the little animal has more merit than that lion that never did anything for Cáceres. And he didn’t joke about the stress because the atmosphere that summer among the citizens of Cáceres was terrifying, so imagine how the goat would be.

The suggestion reached such a point that on the night of August 8, 1928, when the Paseo de Cánovas was, as it is now, a party for children and adults, an unexpected and unidentified animal appeared in the park and went to drink at one of the its artistic fountains. Someone yelled, “The wolf, the wolf!” and the marimorena was armed: general stampede, screams of terror and in a couple of minutes, the center of the city was deserted. After a while it was discovered that it wasn’t a wolf, but a wolf… A clueless wolf that had separated from the herd of cows that grazed next to the provincial hospital. Between the goat, the goat and the ghost wolf, the press of the time was as entertaining as it is now with the wolf of Vera.

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