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Google Uses Goats To Lawnmown Clean Back Garden

In an interesting and a deceptively low-tech move, Google is putting aside the use of gas-powered lawn mowers and renting goats to mow lawns of its headquarters at Mountain View in California.

The search engine giant has decided to go for employing 200 goats from an innovative start-up firm California Grazing to clear off the excessive grass on the grounds of its headquarter complex at California.

This step would not only help the company to opt for an eco-friendly way, but would also increase the fertility of its land with fresh goat droppings.

“This spring we decided to take a low-carbon approach: Instead of using noisy mowers that run on gasoline and pollute the air, we've rented some goats from California Grazing to do the job for us”, said Dan Hoffman, director of real estate and workplace services at Google. “It costs us about the same as mowing, and goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers”, he added.

The company would hire around 200 goats for the task, and they would roughly spend a week in the company’s complex. However, this intriguing move from the search engine bellwether could even set up a trend of using traditional environment friendly techniques for a range of maintenance tasks.

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Our Comments

This might have been something out of Google's secret list of April's fools. But as weird as it seems, it might just work for the company but others have pointed out that "goat-cutters" were already popular before Google's publicity.

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